President George Bush spent his last full day in office telephoning world leaders, Mr. Bush placed farewell telephone call to Chinese President to thank them for their friendship and cooperation.
A former White House Official says President Bush takes great interest in Tibet and Tibetan Affairs. In an interview with VOA China Branch Mr. Dennis Wilder, Head of National Security Council in Bush Administration, he said during telephone conversation with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday, Mr. Hu extended invitation to President Bush to visit China. Mr. Wilder said "he think President Bush want to visit many places in China and he also want to visit Tibet and President takes great interest in Tibet and Tibetan issues.
We were instrumental and President is instrumental in making sure dialogue must restart between Representative of the Dalai Lama and Chinese government after unrest in Lhasa last year. So, I think president will work for the freedom of Tibetan people after his retirement". He also said opening of US Consular in Lhasa has been number one priority in expansion of US government work in China and US Ambassador Sandy Rand is very clear with that and he made request with China and he hope that day may come very soon.