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Bush vows not to waver in Iraq, issues warning to Syria, meets with China’s leader

Associated Press

NEW YORK – President Bush sought China’s help to stop nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran and won a pledge Tuesday from President Hu Jintao to “step up” pressure on Pyongyang for progress in six-nation negotiations.The two leaders met here on the eve of a resumption of talks in Beijing aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its atomic weapons.Bush said their talks ranged from how to prevent an avian flu pandemic to economic matters and feared nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran. He seemed pleased when Hu said, “We stand ready to step up our communication and cooperation” to gain fresh progress in negotiations aimed at halting North Korea’s nuclear program.Without elaboration, Bush said he planned to raise human rights abuses in China. For his part, Hu bluntly asked Bush to “join the Chinese side in safeguarding peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait” and said “it is inevitable that we may have some frictions” over trade.Bush met with Hu at the end of a busy day of diplomacy stretching from the White House to the United Nations. The president, at a news conference in Washington, issued a stern warning to Syria about and vowed the United States will not waver in Iraq.Vail, Colorado