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Chinese, U.S. presidents confer on issues of common concern

    Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart, George W. Bush, on Monday exchanged views on Sino-U.S. relations and other issues of common concern in a telephone conversation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

    In the phone call, which had been arranged earlier, Hu again talked about the consensuses that he had reached with Bush on a lot of issues, when the two met earlier, on the sidelines of the 14th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

    China is willing to work with the United States to implement these consensuses and promote the sustained, stable and sound development of the constructive and cooperative Sino-U.S. relations, Hu said.

    Bush spoke highly of his meeting with Hu in Hanoi, saying the two sides held sincere and useful discussions on important issues of common concern.

    During the phone conversation, the two leaders also touched on Darfur, a conflict-plagued region in west Sudan.

    Bush briefed Hu on the U.S.'s stance in the Darfur issue.

    For his part, Hu noted that positive progress has recently been made toward efforts to resolve the Darfur issue.

    Hu expressed his hope that all the concerned parties will maintain the momentum of dialogue, and taking into account the concerns of all the parties involved, mutually agree on a settlement at an early date, in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

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