United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, August 15, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1124

Author: George W. Bush  | Date: August 10, 2008

Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Vice President Xi Jinping of China in Beijing,
August 10, 2008

Vice President Xi. I very much welcome you, Mr. President, and your family members to Beijing for the opening ceremony and for the different events and for this visit to Beijing. To my knowledge—that you have a quite rich and full and interesting program here in Beijing, and I hope you like the program.

President Bush. Thank you, sir.

Vice President Xi. I’m very familiar with you, Mr. President, because you are always in the limelight of international media. [Laughter] And I’m very happy to have this opportunity to meet you and get acquainted with you.

President Bush. Thank you.

Vice President Xi. That’s why the fact that you’ve come to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic games shows your support for the Chinese efforts to host this Olympiad, and it also shows your understanding and respect for the Chinese people to host these games.

The U.S. delegation is a very powerful and strong delegation, and you still have a overwhelming and very obvious edge in athletic sports. And I would like to wish American athletes every success and you good performance at the Beijing Olympic games.

President Bush. Thank you, sir.

Vice President Xi. Just now you had a friendly meeting with President Hu Jintao, and I know later on you are going to have a meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao. I’m very happy to have this opportunity to learn about your views and opinions.

President Bush. Thank you, sir. Well, thank you very much for your hospitality. We’ve just had a fabulous lunch, and I’m looking forward to this meeting as well.

I thank you for the warm hospitality. The opening day celebration was unbelievable. And I appreciate the beautiful venues, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of our teams compete.

So, we thank you very much, sir. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 2:48 p.m. in Building 202 at the Zhongnanhai. Vice President Xi referred to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao of China. Vice President Xi spoke in Chinese, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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