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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 10, 2008

President Bush Meets with Premier Wen Jiabao of the People's Republic of China
Zhongnanhai Compound
Beijing, The People's Republic of China

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3:15 P.M. (Local)

PREMIER WEN: (As translated.) Mr. President, welcome to Beijing. I also welcome your family members and other friends from the United States to the Beijing Olympic Games.

I was informed that yesterday you went to see the American athletes in Beijing and you also watched a match played by the U.S. women basketball team. You also spent some time with the beach volleyball players. (Laughter.)

President George W. Bush is greeted by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, at Zhongnanhai, the Chinese leaders compound in Beijing.  White House photo by Eric Draper I think this evening the match between the Chinese men's basketball team and the American men's basketball team will capture the attention of people from all over the world..

PRESIDENT BUSH: That's right.

PREMIER WEN: I'm very happy that you're going to watch the match.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, sir. I'm going with the Foreign Minister. (Laughter.) He's going -- he told me he's going to be yelling there at the top of his lungs. (Laughter.)

Thank you for your hospitality. It's been a wonderful experience being here. I didn't see if you were at the Opening Ceremonies.

PREMIER WEN: Yes, I was there.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, it was fantastic -- really well done.

PREMIER WEN: Yes, the Opening Ceremonies spectacular*.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Unbelievable, yes.

PREMIER WEN: When the U.S. team marched into the stadium I saw that you put back your coat and your suit and then you stood up and cheered for your team.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, sir. I was proud to see them. But I bet you did the same thing when the Chinese team came. (Laughter.)

PREMIER WEN: Yes, yes --

PRESIDENT BUSH: Good.

END 3:18 P.M. (Local)


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