Beijing Furious with Berlin over Dalai Lama Visit – Andreas Lorenz

From Spiegel Online:

Relations between China and are the worst they have been in years after Chancellor Angela Merkel received the Dalai Lama in the chancellery last Sunday (more…).

The visit “grossly interferes with the internal affairs of China,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu announced during a routine press conference in Beijing on Monday. The meeting “hurts the feelings of the Chinese people and seriously undermines China-Germany relations,” she said. Now it was up to Berlin to ensure the meeting did not “bring any unnecessary damage,” Jiang announced: “We request that Germany… take concrete and effective measures to eliminate the negative impact.” The spokeswoman did not spell out what Beijing expects those concrete measures to be, or how far Berlin would have to go to make amends. [Full Text]

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