China cancels human-rights talks in Beijing with Germany

October 14, 2007 12:48

China has canceled December human rights talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Foreign Ministry said Sunday, just weeks after Beijing was incensed by her meeting with the Dalai Lama. A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, confirmed reports that the planned meeting in Beijing had been canceled "in the last few days," but refused to give reasons. China criticized Merkel for holding a meeting in Berlin in late September with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, whom China views as a beacon for pro-independence sentiment in Tibet. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the meeting "seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and undermined China-Germany relations."

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