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China cancels more talks with Germany after Dalai visit

China cancels more talks with Germany after Dalai visit

Author: AFP
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 25, 2007

China has cancelled a second toplevel meeting with Germany, the German foreign ministry said on Monday, after Chancellor Angela Merkel angered Beijing by receiving the Dalai Lama.

Foreign ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi had cancelled a breakfast meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in New York this week.

The German government on Monday signalled that it was trying to soothe diplomatic tensions with China triggered by the Dalai Lama's visit and wants to reschedule a meeting with Chinese justice officials that was meant to place on Sunday. The event was cancelled in apparent retaliation for Merkel's decision to hold an historic meeting with the Dalai Lama in Berlin on Sunday, becoming the first chancellor to receive the exiled Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader.

Merkel used her talks with the Dalai Lama to express support for his quest for cultural autonomy for Tibet, which Chinese soldiers occupied in 1950.

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