Bush Urges China to Expand Freedoms

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Bush gives speech in Kyoto

President Bush speaks on democracy in Asia in Kyoto, Nov. 16. Reuters hide caption

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President Bush met with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Wednesday in Kyoto as part of his weeklong tour of four Asian countries.

In a speech, Bush urged China to enact political reforms and held up Taiwan as an example of democracy in Asia. That example was not likely to please Beijing, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province that belongs to them. The president visits Beijing later this week.

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