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Beijing fumes as Paris gets set to give citizenship to Dalai

Beijing fumes as Paris gets set to give citizenship to Dalai

Author: Saibal Dasgupta
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 9, 2009

China is engaged in a war of words with France, Japan and Mexico. It is fuming over a decision by the Paris City Council to give honorary citizenship to the Dalai Lama next month.

The move comes five weeks after president Hu Jintao met with French leader Nicolas Sarkozy and got his country to promise it would do nothing to encourage the campaign for Tibet's independence.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said on Thursday that Paris should stop interfering in China's internal affairs. "I want to reaffirm that Sino-French relations got back on track through the joint efforts of both countries," Ma said indicating that the relationship can worsen if the Dalai Lama was given special honours.

China has earlier tongue lashed leaders of the US, Australia and Germany for meeting the Tibetan leader and giving him special honours.


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