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China calls on France to mend ties amid Dalai Lama row

December 12, 2008

Wed Dec 10, 2008
China has said that it is entirely up to France to repair relations between the two countries after French President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama at the weekend.
"The ... responsibility is not on the Chinese side, it is fully on the French side," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters.
"We urge the French side to take responsibility and concrete measures to correct its erroneous practice, and create favourable conditions ... for the development of China-France relations."
Mr Jianchao would not specify what sort of measures China wanted France to take to mend ties.
"This is precisely the issue for the French side to study and discuss," he said.
China is strongly opposed to any foreign leaders meeting the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader whom Beijing accuses of seeking independence for his Himalayan homeland.
The Dalai Lama has repeatedly denied the charge, insisting he only wants greater autonomy for the region, which has been under Chinese rule since 1951.
Mr Sarkozy on Monday defended his meeting with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, saying it was his duty as French head of state to meet all winners of the award.
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