French President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Dalai Lama in the Polish city of Gdansk despite China's warnings that trade deals were at stake. In August, Sarkozy snubbed the Tibetan spiritual leader during his visit to France.
REUTERS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy defied
"There is no need to dramatise things. I have always considered
"We must see things calmly, serenely," he said, adding that the president of
No news conference was planned after the meeting, in the Baltic
Sarkozy stressed that
"The world needs an open
French officials say
"The Chinese believe that we have the power to enforce discipline among the (27) countries of the European Union ... (But) we are not the teachers of the European classroom," a French official told reporters in
The official also said there had been no sign yet of any Chinese boycott of French products, noting that the EU is
French companies were subjected to Chinese boycotts and demonstrations earlier this year after the
Earlier on Saturday, the Dalai Lama called for dialogue and compassion to solve the world's problems, but he steered clear of politics.
"Warfare failed to solve our problems in the last century, so this century should be a century of dialogue. Every problem must be solved through talks, understanding of others' interests, others' rights," he said.
"War means dividing, compassion brings us together. As social animals the key factor for our life is compassion," he told hundreds of delegates, including Walesa, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and other Nobel laureates.
The Dalai, who met Tusk privately on Saturday, praised Polish courage in resisting past oppression. The 73-year-old monk is a popular figure in
The Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959 after a failed insurrection against Chinese rule in
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