Bush hosts top Chinese communist, amidst protest.President Bush received communist Chinese President Hu Jintao Hu Jintao (h` jĭn`tou`), 1942–, Chinese political leader, b. Jixi, Anhui prov. A hydroelectric engineering graduate (1965) of Qinghua Univ. at a White House event on April 20, in the first meeting at the White House between the two world leaders since Hu's ascension to power in 2002. During a press conference on the White House grounds, journalist Wenyi Wang, 47, a naturalized nat·u·ral·ize
v. nat·u·ral·ized, nat·u·ral·iz·ing, nat·u·ral·iz·es
1. To grant full citizenship to (one of foreign birth).
2. To adopt (something foreign) into general use. U.S. citizen who emigrated from China, shouted out protests against the head of the world's largest totalitarian state. Wang had a press pass as a reporter for The Epoch Times, which is affiliated with the Falun Gong, a meditation and exercise movement that has been persecuted in China.
Wang was not only escorted off the grounds by uniformed Secret Service agents, as might be expected, but also, according to ABC ABC
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Major U.S. television network. It began when the expanding national radio network NBC split into the separate Red and Blue networks in 1928. , she was charged with "knowingly and willfully willfully adv. referring to doing something intentionally, purposefully and stubbornly. Examples: "He drove the car willfully into the crowd on the sidewalk." "She willfully left the dangerous substances on the property." (See: willful) intimidating, coercing, threatening or harassing ... a foreign official performing his duties." Ironically, during the event, President Bush called for expanded Chinese freedoms to "assemble, speak freely and to worship."
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Subsidiary company of Turner Broadcasting Systems. It was created by Ted Turner in 1980 to present 24-hour live news broadcasts, using satellites to transmit reports from news bureaus around the world. reported that Bush made an "expression of regret An expression of regret is a common gambit in politics and public relations, and a popular alternative to apologizing for anything.
Expressions of regret are frequently motivated by the desire not to admit guilt or responsibility, whilst preserving a facade of good manners. to Hu ... at the outset of their meeting in the Oval Office," and quoted Dennis Wilder, acting senior director for Asian affairs on the National Security Council, who announced: "[The president] just said 'This was unfortunate,' and 'I'm sorry this happened.'"
The White House experienced another embarrassing protocol gaffe when its announcer, in introducing the national anthems of the two nations, mistakenly referred to Communist China as "The Republic of China," which is the formal name of the free Chinese state on Taiwan.
If the Chinese were upset by that error, the president's later statement must have soothed their concerns. Bush reiterated his support for the "one China" policy that supports communist domination over Taiwan. The government of the Republic of China The Republic of China was formally established in 1912 in Nanjing under the provisional Constitution of the Republic of China but this government was moved to Beijing in the same year and continued as the internationally recognized government of China until 1928. escaped to Taiwan in the early 1950s to flee the violent communist takeover. "We don't support an independent Taiwan," Bush said.
The Times reported of Hu's visit: "Mr. Hu did get a big part of what Chinese analysts said he came for: images of him with the American president on the White House lawn, as Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin, his predecessors, had posed for."