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Germany Takes Up Human Rights, Tibet Issues With China

January 18, 2010

1/15/2010

(RTTNews) - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday human
rights, Tibet, press freedom and freedom of speech were among the topics he
had discussed with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

The two sides exchanged their "different views" on Tibet, he said at a joint
press conference with Yang in Beijing.

Yang reiterated his government's policy on the Himalayan region, which China
regards as an indisputable part of its territory. The Chinese government was
opposed to any official contact between other nations and the Tibetan
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, he added.

On Iran's controversial nuclear program, he said there were "serious
issues," but China still wanted to work for a negotiated solution.

Westerwelle, however, said any development of nuclear weapons by Iran was
'unacceptable' and that Germany was ready to extend UN sanctions if current
negotiations with Iran failed.

When asked about US internet giant Google's threat to withdraw from China
following a "highly sophisticated and targeted" cyber attack originating
from China, Yang repeated China's defense of its position saying that the
internet in China was "open" but all service providers must follow the law
and prevent "harm to society." China "opposes any cyber attacks," Yang
added.

Yang is scheduled to attend an annual international security conference in
Germany next month.
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