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China urges France to reconsider stance on Tibet issues


Source: | 04-16-2008 08:45

Special Report:   3.14 Tibet Riots

The Foreign Ministry is also urging France to rethink its stance on Tibet issues, and adopt a more balanced position to safeguard Sino-French ties.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu

Responding to a French journalist's question about a recent proposal by some Chinese consumers to boycott French products. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said this is a voluntary move. She said she believes Chinese consumers and netizens will only express their disapproval using legal means. A message has been circulating on the Internet and mobile phones accusing the French retailer Carrefour of backing the Dalai Lama.

Jiang Yu, spokeswoman of Foreign Ministry of China, said, "Just now the French journalist mentioned that the French and the Chinese are friends. I think being friends demands efforts from both sides. We cannot accept behavior that, on the one hand, attaches importance to Sino-French relations, while on the other hand does things that are not understandable and acceptable to the Chinese people. We hope the French side can listen to what Chinese people say, and adopt an objective and equitable stance on a series of recent issues."


Editor:Zhang Ning