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China, EU discuss Tibet

April 27, 2008

The Economic Times

Beijing - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he discussed the thorny issue
of Tibet in talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
on Friday.

"I have briefed President Barroso on the situation in Tibet and China's
stance on it," Wen told reporters after meeting with a large EU delegation.

Barroso's China visit comes amid strained relations between China and
the EU, and particularly France over a Chinese crackdown on recent
unrest in Tibet.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday expressed "shock" over the
deadly recent violence in Tibet and urging China to give greater
autonomy to the region.

European lawmakers also earlier this month urged EU leaders to boycott
the Games opening ceremony unless China resumes talks with the exiled
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

China has bridled at such statements, calling them unwanted interference
in its domestic affairs.

It warned that Sino-French ties could be seriously harmed by the Paris
city council's decision earlier this week to make the Tibetan spiritual
leader, the Dalai Lama, an honorary citizen.

Demonstrations were held last weekend in several Chinese cities against
the French retailing giant Carrefour, triggered in part by protests in
early April that disrupted the Beijing Olympic torch relay's Paris leg.
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