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Bush, Hu Speak on Telephone

President Bush and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, have agreed on the need for continued dialogue to help resolve bilateral and global disputes.

The two had a telephone conversation Thursday on a variety of issues, including the Iranian and North Korean nuclear disputes.

China says Mr. Hu expressed hope that the United Nations can persuade Iran to end its uranium enrichment activities. China and Russia, both permanent U.N. Security Council members, have been reluctant to support more sanctions on Tehran.

It is not clear whether Presidents Bush and Hu discussed the issue of Tibet.

Chinese leaders were incensed when Mr. Bush and congressional leaders presented a medal to Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Washington last month.

Later, China barred U.S. warships from docking in Hong Kong for a planned four-day visit during the American holiday of Thanksgiving.

Some information for this report was provided by xinhua and AFP.