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Rudd told to get tough on Tibet

October 30, 2009

The Australian
October 29, 2009

KEVIN Rudd's upcoming meeting with Li Keqiang,
the man tipped to be China's next premier, has
sparked a renewed call for the Prime Minister to meet the Dalai Lama.

The Australia Tibet Council points out this will
be one of numerous meetings Mr Rudd has held with
top-level Chinese government leaders in his time as prime minister.

He's had five one-on-one meetings with Chinese
president Hu Jintao, but his scorecard with the Dalai Lama stands at zero.

Mr Rudd, who last met the Dalai Lama in 2007
while opposition leader, confirmed earlier this
month he would not meet the spiritual leader when
he visits Australia in December.

Mr Rudd was selling out Tibet and the human
rights cause in an effort to boost flagging
relations between Australia and China, the
council's executive officer Paul Bourke said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Li's visit comes shortly after China confirmed
it had executed two Tibetans relating to protests in 2008, Mr Bourke said.

They were the first known executions to have been
carried out in Tibet since 2003.

It was time Mr Rudd raised concerns about Tibet,
if it was true his relationship with China was as
mature and robust as he has made it out to be, Mr Bourke said.
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