German-Chinese Relations Pressure Growing on Merkel to Fix Squabble with China

A diplomatic squabble over a meeting between Angela Merkel and the Dalai Lama has chilled relations between Berlin and Beijing. But behind the arguments lie two fundamental ideas about how democrats should contend with dictators.
China's Premier Wen Jiabao gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel fancy diplomatic treatment in Beijing last August -- before he knew about her upcoming chat with the Dalai Lama.

China's Premier Wen Jiabao gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel fancy diplomatic treatment in Beijing last August -- before he knew about her upcoming chat with the Dalai Lama.

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