French and German citizens call to prioritize human rights and Tibet in meeting China’s Party Secretary, finds new poll

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) commissioned an opinion poll to the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first official visit to several European countries. The opinion poll showed that citizens in France and Germany give greater priority to their leaders raising Tibet and human rights with the Chinese leadership, than pushing for commercial contracts.

FM spokesman: China opposes Paris mayor awarding Dalai Lama ‘honorary citizen’

China on Tuesday protested the awarding of “honorary citizen” to the Dalai Lama by Paris mayor, saying it posed “grave interference in Sino-French relations”. “We feel strongly disgruntled and is resolutely opposed to Paris’ award for the Dalai Lama, regardless of China’s opposition,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang. Earlier reports said that Paris …

French President asks China to end violence in Tibet, offers to facilitate dialogue with Dalai Lama

French President NicolasSarkozy has said on March 24, 2008 that he has informed Chinese President Hu Jintao about his deep distress at the recent events in Tibet and called for an end to the violence there through dialogue. Saying that France would like “the dialogue that was started several years ago between the Chinese authorities …