Bush in China

August 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
President Bush is the first American president to watch the Olympics on foreign soil, but his trip hasn't exactly been a vacation.President Bush has been cheering on American athletes in China. But it hasn't been all fun and games. He's walked a diplomatic tight rope. Being a gracious guest while being critical of China's historic record of repression. "You know, it just goes to show that God is universal, and God is love, and no state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion."

Then there is the fighting in the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia which has Russia and U.S. ally Georgia on the brink of war. "They mark a dangerous escalation in the crisis. The violence is endangering regional peace," says Mr. Bush.

This condemnation of Russia's invasion of Georgia, was followed today by a call to work with Europe to resolve this conflict. But critics say Bush has not done enough. They point to the different responses of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Bush, both at the Olympics.

George Will, ABC News, says "Mr. Putin, whose soul the President famously looked and like what he saw, has gone back to Russia to conduct this. Our President stays in Beijing. He should come home and conduct the response to this."

President Bush is expected to end his week-long trip to Asia by attending a basketball game before returning to the White House.

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