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Getty photographers catch Cheney napping at Hu briefing

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Published: Friday April 21, 2006

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Getty images caught Vice President Dick Cheney napping as other administration officials left a briefing by President Bush and Chinese leader Hu Jintao.

The New York Post featured the image prominently in today's edition, with a caption explaining, "The veep's people later insisted he was reading his notes, but if you ask us, it sure looks as if he's dreaming of quail hunting - and maybe bagging some birds this time."

Excerpts from the Post article, now registration-restricted, follow:

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President Bush said yesterday that he and Chinese President Hu Jintao are now able to openly discuss their disputes "with respect" - but there was no sign that any of those disputes got resolved at their White House meeting.

"He tells me what he thinks and I tell him what I think and we do so with respect," Bush said.

Hu vaguely talked about making China's currency more "flexible" but offered nothing close to a demand for a big revaluation of the yuan that could reduce the giant U.S. trade deficit with China.

Later, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said the president privately asked Hu to release six specific people now jailed in China - and hinted China might be willing to act on three of them.

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