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China's Wen Warns EU on Tibet བོད་སྐད།


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has warned the European Union not to meddle in China's internal affairs, an apparent reference to past tensions over the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Mr. Wen, speaking at a China-EU summit Wednesday in Prague, said the two sides must show "mutual respect" and refrain from "interfering in each other's internal affairs."

The summit was originally set for December 2008. China postponed its participation in protest, after French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with the Dalai Lama. Beijing accuses the holy man of seeking Tibetan independence from China -- a charge the Dalai Lama denies.

Wednesday, EU and Chinese officials renewed a mutual commitment to building closer ties. A joint statement says the parties signed agreements on topics including energy, science and technology.

The two sides agreed to meet again in Beijing later this year.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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