China's ambassador to France has warned French President Nicolas Sarkozy against
meeting with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Kong Quan told reporters Tuesday that a meeting during the Dalai Lama's visit to
France next month would have serious consequences.
On Wednesday, Mr.
Sarkozy is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines
of the Group of Eight summit in Japan.
The French president has said he
will announce this week whether he will attend the opening ceremony of the
Mr. Sarkozy had indicated he might boycott the August
8 ceremony following China's crackdown on Tibetan protests.
Last week, he said his decision will depend on
progress in talks between representatives of the Dalai Lama and Chinese
Earlier this year, Chinese demonstrators gathered in major
cities to express anger over the disruption of the Olympic torch relay in Paris
- and France's alleged support for Tibetan independence.
protests meetings between world leaders and the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing says is
working for Tibetan independence.
The Dalai Lama has repeatedly said that
he is seeking autonomy, not independence for Tibet.