President Bush called Chinese President Hu Jintao today to talk about the recent demonstrations and violence in Tibet.

"The President raised his concerns about the situation in Tibet and encouraged the Chinese government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama's representatives and to allow access for journalists and diplomats," White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said today.

Bush told Hu that the recent election in Taiwan would provide both China and Taiwan an opportunity to settle differences and start anew. He also told Hu he appreciated "the important role China has played within the Six-Party framework," Perino said. The six-party framework refers to discussions between the U.S., China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and Russia about North Korea's nuclear capabilities.

See the Associated Press's timeline of the unrest here. See the full statement by Perino after the jump.


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release