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China, France in Dalai Lama Dispute

May 10, 2009

May 8, 2009

BEIJING, May 8 (UPI) -- China has told the city
of Paris to stop interfering in its internal
affairs in a dispute over the Dalai Lama, a top official says.

That was Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma
Zhaoxu's response to Paris' plan to make the
Dalai Lama an honorary citizen next month,
Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported.

The Paris City Council approved a resolution last
year to honor the Tibetan religious leader, which
aroused indignation in China, Ma said.

He said he hoped France and China could work
together on the issue to remove obstacles and
promote ties between the two countries in a sound and stable way.

Bilateral tensions thawed after France assured
China it recognized "the sensitivity of the Tibet
issue" and would not support "Tibet independence" in any form.

However, Chinese President Hu Jintao was believed
to have objected to French President Nicolas
Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama.
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