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Norway involved in China-Tibet talks

December 26, 2010

December 21, 2010

Norwegian officials have in all secrecy been contributing economically
to funding meetings between Chinese authorities in Beijing and
representatives for Dalai Lama’s Tibetan government in exile.

The Norwegian involvement emerged last week in documents made available
by WikiLeaks and reported by newspaper Aftenposten.

Dialogue between representatives of the Dalai Lama and Chinese
authorities has been going on since 2002. The US State Department has
been aware of Norway’s role in the dialogue, according to documents to
which Aftenposten and Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet gained access
via WikiLeaks. The documents include Tibet on the list of countries
where Norway has played a role in peace talks in recent years.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre wouldn’t comment. Tibet is viewed as
an autonomous region of China and been under Chinese control since
Chinese forces invaded Tibet’s capital of Lhasa in 1950. Tibet’s
spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, went into exile in India in 1959 and won
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

The WikiLeaks documents reveal that the ageing Dalai Lama, now 75, told
an American official that he thinks Chinese President Hu Jintao hates
him personally, and hopes China will adopt a more moderate line
regarding Tibet when Hu steps down in 2012.

China since has become angry with Norway, after the Norwegian Nobel
Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo,
and lately has been cancelling meetings involving Norwegian government
officials.
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