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German Minister Meets Dalai Lama Despite Chinese Protest བོད་སྐད།

Germany's development minister has met with the Dalai Lama in Berlin, despite protests from China.

Officials say the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and German Development Minister Heidimarie Wieczorek-Zeul discussed Tibetan autonomy and Chinese rule Monday.

China said the talks violate Berlin's commitment to a "one China" policy.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the chancellor -- who is visiting Latin America -- fully supports today's meeting. Ms. Merkel triggered loud protests from China last year by meeting the Dalai Lama and voicing public support for Tibetan autonomy.

Thousands of supporters turned out Sunday to see the Dalai Lama at Nuremberg.

The monk is set to close a five-day visit to Germany later today, with an address at Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate -- a symbol of the reunited Germany.

China -- under intense foreign pressure -- has agreed to hold new talks with the Dalai Lama on Tibet's status. The agreement came after a violent Chinese crackdown in Tibet in March, that Tibetans say resulted in scores of deaths. China blamed the unrest on Tibetan separatists.