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Surely the EU can agree a common policy on the Olympic Games?

The European foreign ministers are attending tomorrow and Saturday an informal (Gymnich) meeting at Brdo, Slovenia. Tibet is on the agenda.

It might have been thought that it is in everyone’s interests that the EU 27 agree their approach to calls for a boycott of the Olympic Games, the choice being:

  • No boycott
  • Boycott of opening ceremony
  • Full boycott

It seems that no government leader currently favours a full boycott.

Why could not our leaders have all stated that they will seek a common European position and not comment further? But then, solidarity no longer seems to be a fundamental European value.

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  1. Again, maybe the European leaders should listen to the Tibetan exile government Mr Chophel (Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile) emphasised the TGE’s view that “China should not be marginalised”. It was thus against a boycott of the Olympic Games and against economic sanctions, its broad line being “the more China is involved in the world, the more it will have to respect international norms”. This was said in the European Parliament.

  2. Stanley,

    An interesting article stumbledupon recently talks about the role of Chinese bloggers in politics, from forcing the news from Lhasa out into the mainstream Chinese media, to bringing together nationalistic netizens to fight the Western view of how China should act:

    China’s netizens and Tibet: a Guangzhou report
    A viral surge of nationalist sentiment over Tibet has fuelled the hardline official narrative. The longer-term consequences may not be to Beijing’s liking, says Ivy Wang. …

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