China Confirms EU Summit Off Over Dalai Lama Row

From AFP:

China confirmed it had postponed a summit with the European Union in protest at French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s planned meeting with the Dalai Lama, state media reported Thursday.

China’s official Xinhua news agency, quoting Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, said the decision was taken because the summit could not achieve its expected goals.

The spokesman said the Chinese government and people were extremely unhappy at Sarkozy’s plan to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual after the China- summit.

“The Tibet issue is related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and it touches China’s interests at the core. We firmly oppose the ‘s separatist activities in foreign countries with any capacity, and firmly oppose the contact between foreign leaders with him in any form,” Qin said.

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