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Dalai Lama in Poland, Summit Postponed
December 3, 2008   
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Beijing has postponed an EU-China summit that was scheduled for Dec. 1, the EU presidency held by France has announced.

The summit was put off because of visits the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetans, is planning to pay to European institutions and meetings he will have with European leaders. "The EU ... has taken note of China's decision and it hereby expresses its regret," the presidency wrote in a statement. It added the EU will continue to pursue a strategic partnership with Beijing, "especially at a time when the global financial situation necessitates very close cooperation between Europe and China."

In November, China warned French President Nicolas Sarkozy that by meeting the Dalai Lama, he would risk losing the benefits he had "painstakingly worked out" in relations with Beijing. Sarkozy said he was planning to meet with the Dalai Lama in Poland Dec. 6, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Lech Wałęsa's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner himself, is also planning to pay a visit to the European Parliament.
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