Though urged to consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics by Human rights groups and opposition politicians, including presidential hopeful Barack Obama, the White House said that US president will attend the ceremony.
Since March, when Tibetan protests were violently suppressed, Beijing’s rights record has come under intense scrutiny.
The protests, were the biggest anti-China demonstrations in Tibetan communities for two decades, and troops used force to quell them.
About 20 people were killed by rioters in the unrest, according to Beijing, but exiled Tibetan groups accuse security forces of killing scores of protesters.
For China, George W. Bush’s decision comes as a key symbolic victory that will please leaders and Olympic organisers there, says the BBC’s James Reynolds in Beijing.
But some world leaders will miss the 8 August opening ceremony, like Germany’s Angela Merkel. Gordon Brown, British prime minister, will be in Beijing for the closing ceremony only.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he give his answer next week, during a travel to Japan. He kept his answer So far, saying his attendance depended on progress in dialogue between Beijing and the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Though Mr Bush will go to the Games, no firm plans for the opening had been revealed.
Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman, announced the US president’s decision in a statement. “He believes he’s going to China to support first and foremost our athletes. He sees this as a sporting competition”.
The White House also said that, as part of their visit to China, president Bush and his wife, Laura, will meet Hu Jintao, Chinese president and visit South Korea and Thailand.
The US announcement comes days after a second round of talks has been held in Beijing between Chinese official and senior envoys of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader
The outcome of the discussions has not been revealed.