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Taiwan president urges Pope to condemn China's crackdown in Tibet

April 20, 2008

By DPA
Asia-Pacific News
Apr 18, 2008

Taipei - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Friday at a reception at the
Vatican embassy in Taipei urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn China's
crackdown in Tibet.

'China's bloody crackdown on Tibetan people last month has shocked the
world. Hereby I would like to call on His Holiness the Pope to condemn
violence, and to encourage the search for a solution with the aim of
protecting peace,' Chen said at the event to mark the third anniversary
of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's becoming the Pope.

'I would also urge China to improve human rights and protect freedom of
religious belief, to remove missiles against Taiwan, and ensure
cross-straits peace and regional stability,' he said.
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