China Protests French President's Meeting with Dalai Lama

BEIJING (AP) - China has strongly protested French President
Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama, calling it a "rude
intervention" into Chinese affairs.

Sarkozy met with the Tibetan Buddhist leader in Poland on Saturday during celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of former Polish President Lech Walesa's Nobel Peace Prize. The Dalai Lama has also received the prize.

China had demanded that Sarkozy cancel the meeting and called
off a major China-EU summit in protest.

Sarkozy downplayed the furor, saying, "There's no need to dramatize things."

France's government minister for human rights added Sunday that it wasn't worth turning the tensions into a "psychodrama."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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