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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told US President George W. Bush on Wednesday that a US aircraft carrier was turned away from Hong Kong last week due to a "misunderstanding," the White House said.
During a meeting in Washington, Bush "raised the issue of the USS Kitty Hawk's aborted port of call. The Chinese foreign minister assured us it was a misunderstanding," said US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe.
Bush and Yang also discussed international diplomatic efforts aimed at defusing concerns over nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, the spokesman said.
The discussion came one day after two top US military leaders criticized China for blocking port visits to Hong Kong last week by the carrier as well as two minesweepers seeking refuge from a storm.