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E.U. weighs Olympic boycott over Tibet

The European Union meets Friday to discuss ties to China after the unrest in Tibet.

Solidarity with Tibet: A member of the European Parliament wore a T-shirt printed with the Olympic rings as handcuffs and displayed a Tibetan flag during a plenary session in Brussels on Wednesday.

Francois Lenoir/Reuters

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If the government of China hopes the world will go for its line on Tibet and the nefarious Dalai Lama and his purported "clique" – Europe isn't buying it.

The response to the Tibetan crisis in London, Paris, and Berlin, rather, is a call for "dialogue" between China and the exiled Tibetan leader, and"restraint" by Beijing.

A boycott of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games is being discussed as a leverage point in Austria, Belgium, Britain, and France – to be determined by how China handles the frustrations of its Tibetan minority.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has "left open the option" of boycotting the ceremony, Germany has blocked talks with China on economic development, and Britain's foreign secretary, David Miliband, says that Tibet demonstrations will be authorized as the Olympic torch is carried through London on April 6.


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