China calls off EU summit over Dalai Lama visit
Date Published: 11/26/2008
Darren Ennis and David Brunnstrom, Reuters, November 26, 2008
China has called off a summit with the European Union next Monday in response to plans for the Dalai Lama to visit Europe. The 27 nation bloc expressed regret at Beijing’s decision but pledged to continue to pursue a strategic partnership between Europe and China, especially during the current global financial crisis. The Asia director at the European Council on Foreign Relations called the Chinese move “unprecedented” and “aggressive,” while criticizing European leaders for failing to “agree on common principles and practice for their China policy.” At a meeting between Asian and EU leaders in Beijing last month, the European leaders supported a greater say for China in global financial bodies but urged China to use its clout to help to resolve the global crisis. --posted by Catherine Gao
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