Europe needs a new approach to human rights in China

Tiananmen Square marked a turning point not only in China’s political evolution, but in its relations with the rest of the world. The violent suppression of student demonstrators put a sudden stop to the peaceful opening up and engagement with the West which Deng Xiaoping had pioneered throughout the 80’s. Europe and the US immediately …

Clouds over Tibet

China is reluctant to find solutions to difficult problems, writes ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten in this oped published by Politico.

Europe needs a united front on Tibet

In the face of China’s consistently intense pressure, the EU needs to end its equivocation and put up a united front, writes ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten in this opinion piece published by Politico.

A Power Audit of EU-China Relations

China is exploiting the EU’s divisions and treating the 27-state bloc with “diplomatic contempt” on issues ranging from trade to the Dalai Lama, according to the authors of a new policy report by the European Council on Foreign Relations, a leading pan-European think-tank, in close cooperation with Asia Centre at Science Po.  Even though China …

EU members must coordinate China policies

PARIS — China’s cancellation of the annual EU-China summit four days before it was to be held in Lyon is explained by French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to meet the Dalai Lama in Poland a few days later. But what looks like a diplomatic spat shows European leaders that they need to face up to …

Dalai Lama addresses European Parliament

The Dalai Lama addressed approximately 600 members of European Parliament today during a Plenary Session in Brussels. The Dalai Lama spoke on human values and the fate of Tibet. Commenting on European countries’ relations with China, the Dalai Lama said that while it is important to maintain close ties, “if you are a true friend …

Czech Republic committed to Tibet support ahead of EU Presidency

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Prague from 29 November to 1 December 2008 at the invitation of former Czech President Vaclav Havel and the Czech NGO, Forum 2000. The Czech Republic will head the next EU Presidency of 27 Member States for six months, taking over from France from 1st January, 2009. During this …

British Premier phones Chinese Premier on Tibet development, says will meet Dalai Lama during London visit

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the British Parliament on March 19, 2008 that he had telephoned Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao today calling for an end to the violence in Tibet. Addressing the Members of Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Brown responded to a question by Rt Hon David …