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Chinese President Hu Jintao has talked by phone with his US President George W. Bush. During the conversation on Wednesday, Hu expressed his views on the Taiwan and Tibet issues. The two also exchanged views on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula and other matters of mutual concern.

During the talks, President Hu voiced his appreciation of the US stance, repeated many times by Bush and his administration, that the U.S. adheres to the one-China policy, abides by the three Sino-US joint communiques, opposes "Taiwan independence" and a referendum on Taiwan's UN membership, and is against Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations and other international organizations.

Hu also expressed hope that the Chinese and US governments will continue to make joint efforts to secure peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

He said the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan should restore consultation and talks on the basis of "the 1992 consensus," which sees both sides recognize there is only one China, but agree to differ on its definition.

Hu also expressed his expectation the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan will make joint efforts and create preconditions to formally end their hostility through consultation, reach a peace agreement, construct a framework for peaceful developmentof cross-Straits relations, and usher in a new era of cross-Straits relations.

Talking about the recent Lhasa riots, Hu said they were by no means "peaceful demonstrations" or activities of "non-violence" as claimed by the Dalai clique, but undisguised serious and violent crimes.

He said no responsible government would sit by and watch when faced with this kind of violent crime, which gravely violated human rights, seriously disrupted social order, and seriously endangered the safety of public life and property.

Hu said the Chinese government's policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the Chinese government has always kept in touch with his side with great patience.

President Hu further reiterated the government's willingness to continue contact and consultation with the Dalai Lama, as long as he truly abandons advocating "Tibet independence" and stops activities aimed at splitting the motherland. He says those activities specifically include plotting violent crimes in Tibet and other regions and trying to sabotage the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games. Hu also says the Dalai Lama must accept Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China.

(CCTV.com March 27, 2008)


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