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European Commission Head Rejects Calls for Boycott of Olympic Games


The head of the European Commission says he is opposed to any boycott of the upcoming Beijing Olympic games because of the ongoing crisis in Tibet.

Jose Manuel Barroso expressed his views Friday after talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing. Mr. Barroso says he and Mr. Wen had frank discussions on Tibet, and that he hoped to "see positive developments soon."

Tensions have grown between both sides since China's harsh crackdown of anti-government protesters in last month. The European Parliament had urged EU leaders to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in August unless Chinese leaders hold talks with Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

But Mr. Barroso says the games must be successful because they celebrate the world's youth.

Chaotic anti-Chinese demonstrations in London and Paris during the Olympic torch run sparked Chinese nationalist calls for a boycott of European goods. Demonstrations have also been launched against French retailer Carrefour.

Mr. Barroso and Mr. Wen covered a range of topics during today's talks, including sustainable development, climate change and trade. The European leader says both sides agreed there was a major trade imbalance that favored Beijing.

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