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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Appeals to Bush

BEIJING () -- China's President Jiang Zemin asked former U.S. president George Bush on Tuesday to use his influence to help Sino-U.S. ties, battered by disputes on trade, Taiwan, human rights and nuclear sales.

"Bush is an old friend of the Chinese people," the official Xinhua news agency quoted Jiang, who is also head of the Communist Party, as saying in a meeting in Beijing with Bush.

Jiang expressed the hope that Bush, who served as chief of the U.S. liaison office in China before full diplomatic relations were established, would continue to use his influence in development of relations between China and the United States.