House to Bush: Boycott Opening Ceremonies

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CBNNews.com - The House is urging President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies for the Olympic games in Beijing -- unless China takes stronger action to end the violence in Sudan's Darfur region.

The resolution comes amid widespread protests this week as the Olympic torch traveled from London to Paris to San Francisco.

Even this week, it was announced that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will not attend the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.

Meanwhile, Bush on Wednesday encouraged Beijing to reach out to the Dalai Lama to find a solution for the situation in Tibet.

"It would stand the Chinese government in good stead if they would begin a dialogue with the representatives for the Dalia Lama," he said during a picture-taking moment while holding talks with Singapore's senior minister, Goh Chok Tong.

Clashes in Tibet have been threatening to overshadow China's hosting role of the Summer Olympics in August.

Bush said that if China's leaders ever were to reach out to Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, "they'd find him to be a really fine man, a peaceful man."

Bush has previously appealed directly to Chinese President Hu Jintao on the matter.

Source: The Associated Press

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