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