China demands Merkel admit mistake over meeting Dalai Lama

28th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2007, Beijing - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a European Union-China summit in Beijing Wednesday to admit that her meeting the Dalai Lama was a mistake.

28 November 2007

Beijing - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a European Union-China summit in Beijing Wednesday to admit that her meeting the Dalai Lama was a mistake.

Wen responded to a question from a journalist at the end of Wednesday session by saying that Germany, like France, was China's "friend and partner" in Europe.

"Friends and partners sometimes do wrong things and make wrong remarks. As long as they are aware of their mistakes and correct their behaviour, we will continue to treat them as friends and partners," Wen said.

China rejected the idea that European politicians could meet the religious leader of the Tibetans in their official role, Wen said, stressing the Chinese position.

The words and deeds of the Dalai Lama showed that he was trying to split Tibet and the greater Tibet region, which incorporates other provinces, from China, Wen said.

As long as the Dalai Lama acknowledged that Tibet and Taiwan were inseparable parts of the People's Republic of China, the door was always open to him, Wen said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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