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Post time 2008-11-28 08:44:13 |Display all floors
By Li Xiaokun
Updated: 2008-11-28 06:58

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's reckless plan to meet with the Dalai Lama has forced Beijing to take the unprecedented decision of delaying a summit with European leaders, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"In China we have a saying: 'Whoever causes the problem should solve the problem.' It is not China that caused the present situation," the ministry's spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a news briefing.

On Wednesday, Beijing decided to delay the 11th Sino-EU Summit scheduled for Monday in France, which holds the rotating EU presidency. Paris announced earlier that Sarkozy would meet with the Dalai Lama at a Dec 6 ceremony in Poland to honor former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.

Premier Wen Jiabao was due to attend the annual meeting to discuss ways to tackle the financial crisis.

Beijing is still willing to promote relations with France and the EU, and whether the meeting will be rescheduled depends on the reaction from the French side, Qin said.

In Paris, a French government spokesman confirmed on Thursday that Sarkozy would not change his plan to meet with the Dalai Lama.

The 27-nation EU issued a statement to express its regret and said that it would continue to promote the strategic partnership with Beijing, especially under the global economic situation that "calls for very close cooperation between Europe and China".

The EU Chamber of Commerce in China said in a statement that the delay of the summit would "make the two sides miss a good chance" of communicating especially in the current global financial situation.

"We hope this will not trigger a hostile act or acts of trade protection which will lead to the escalation of economic nationalism," the statement said.

Yu Sui, a scholar in Sino-European relations, said this is not the first time Sarkozy has used the "Tibet card" for his own political interests and hence affect the hard-won prosperous cooperation between Beijing and Paris".

Sarkozy said ahead of the Beijing Olympics that his attendance at the opening ceremony of the Games was conditional on the progress of talks between the central government and envoys of the Dalai Lama.

He did appear on Aug 8, and later avoided meeting with the Dalai Lama.

"Now Sarkozy has changed his mind again. In the long-term, I don't think he will benefit. China will never concede on the Tibet issue."

Yang Chengxu, former head of the China Institute of International Studies, said it is highly impossible for the summit to resume this year, given the attitude of Paris and the limited time.

The situation will probably change when Czech Republic takes the rotating EU presidency from France in January, he said.
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Post time 2008-11-28 09:13:21 |Display all floors
Sarkozy: China, I Fu Le you!
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Post time 2008-11-28 09:49:11 |Display all floors
<chuckle>Glad to see China say no to EU rotating President. EU must be longing for something from China so they had better concede.

whether the meeting will be rescheduled depends on the reaction from the French side

Throw the ball to Sarkozy, putting him into the embarrassing shoes. If he insists meeting DL, let him eat the bitter result and other EU members will also taste it. What if he refuse to concede? I think he won't.

Sarkozy said ahead of the Beijing Olympics that his attendance at the opening ceremony of the Games was conditional on the progress of talks between the central government and envoys of the Dalai Lama.
He did appear on Aug 8, and later avoided meeting with the Dalai Lama.

I think like that because Sarkozy is a capricious coward who dare not to realize his words. This time will be the same. Some foreign posters here are annoyed by the word 'hypocrisy', but you will see it on Sarkozy. When he need to be close to China, he would have a clown smile on his face, throwing his 'justice' far away.

The situation will probably change when Czech Republic takes the rotating EU presidency from France in January

I'm not so sure. Remember who wore a badge of 'free-tibet'?

In China we have a saying: 'Whoever causes the problem should solve the problem.'

What's the saying?
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Post time 2008-11-28 10:37:17 |Display all floors
Throw the ball to Sarkozy, putting him into the ... In Paris, a French government spokesman confirmed on Thursday that Sarkozy would not change his plan to meet with the Dalai Lama.[/quote]

I haven't seen any sign of regret or concession by Sarkozy so far.

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Post time 2008-11-28 14:09:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2008-11-28 11:55



More simple-mindedness a la kindergarten logic. Who says who is 'wrong' and who is 'not wrong'?

The wrong ones themselves.

It takes two to quarrel, and the Chinese were the first to cau ...


So you are also a kindergarten child pointing on other's wrong?
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Post time 2008-11-28 14:18:01 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2008-11-28 11:55



More simple-mindedness a la kindergarten logic. Who says who is 'wrong' and who is 'not wrong'?

The wrong ones themselves.

It takes two to quarrel, and the Chinese were the first to cau ...

Isn't it Sarkozy who plans to meet with the Dalai Lama when China is making preparations for Sino-EU Summit?

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Post time 2008-11-28 14:40:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by mariame at 2008-11-28 15:18

Isn't it Sarkozy who plans to meet with the Dalai Lama when China is making preparations for Sino-EU Summit?



You have to excuse Seneca. After all it is Sarkozy who meets his (seneca's) hero. Even the devil is a respectable person if he meets the D. L.

To avoid misunderstandings: I do not imply that Sarkozy is a devil.

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