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Friday, 15 February 2008

Bush To Attend Games

President George W Bush has said that he will attend the Beijing Olympics, despite the fuss over China's support of the Sudanese regime and Steven Spielberg stepping down as the Games' artistic adviser earlier this week.

Mr Bush said that he viewed the Games as a "sporting event" and that China's close ties with Sudan would not affect his stance, despite what he has termed "genocide" in the Sudanese region of Darfur.

China is not best pleased by the fuss.

Liu Jianchao, a foreign ministry spokesman, said:

"It is understandable if some people do not understand the Chinese government policy on Darfur, but I am afraid that some people may have ulterior motives, and this we cannot accept.

China is also concerned about the humanitarian issues there, but we have been playing a positive and constructive role in promoting peace in Darfur

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