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Dalai Lama's Paris Visit to Affect, but not Impact Sino-French ties

May 8, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 6, 2009

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Paris on Jun 6-8 and his being honoured by the city council with honorary citizenship will affect Sino-French relation but the impact will be manageable, according to China’s official China Daily newspaper May 5.

The report cited one Chinese academician as saying it will affect bilateral ties. But it also cited another scholar as saying the impact will be "manageable."

"The Dalai Lama's visit will have an impact on bilateral relations," the report quoted Zhao Junjie, a senior researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as saying. "The Dalai Lama intends to disturb Sino-French relations through his visit at a time when they are developing in a healthy way."

But the report also cited Pang Zhongying, a professor with Renmin University of China, as saying the impact on bilateral relations of the Dalai Lama's visit is "manageable". "Sino-French relations, on the whole, are moving in the right direction. The Dalai Lama's visit won't return us to a state of tension again. But the visit will affect people-to-people relations between the two countries," it quoted him as saying.

The report noted, citing AFP, that while Paris city council, led by socialist Delanoe, approved a resolution to honour the Dalai Lama in Apr 2008, the French government had distanced itself from the local government's move and President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservatives had opposed the measure.
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