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Chinese, Swedish leader discuss human rights

 Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, centre, arrives to the East Indiaman 'Gotheborg',  in the harbor in central Gothenburg, Sweden, Monday April 23, 2...
 Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao waves upon arrival at the governor's residence in Goteborg, Sweden, Monday, April 23 2012. Below to the left are Go...
 Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, front, arrives to tour the East Indiaman 'Gotheborg' ship,  in the harbor in central Gothenburg, Sweden, Monday Ap...
 Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, centre, and Li Shufu,  Chief  Executive of  Volvo owner Geely, left,  during a visit to the Volvo car maker's plan...
 Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, centre, Li Shufu, Chief  Executive of  Volvo owner Geely, left, and Stefan Jakoby , right, Chief Executive of Volv...
 Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao  waves to employees during his visit Tuesday April 24, 2012 to the Volvo car factory in Goteborg, Sweden. Prime Min...

Sweden Jianao China

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, centre, arrives to the East Indiaman 'Gotheborg', in the harbor in central Gothenburg, Sweden, Monday April 23, 2...

Sweden Jianao China

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao waves upon arrival at the governor's residence in Goteborg, Sweden, Monday, April 23 2012. Below to the left are Go...

Sweden Jianao China

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, front, arrives to tour the East Indiaman 'Gotheborg' ship, in the harbor in central Gothenburg, Sweden, Monday Ap...

Sweden China Volvo

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, centre, and Li Shufu, Chief Executive of Volvo owner Geely, left, during a visit to the Volvo car maker's plan...

Sweden China Volvo

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, centre, Li Shufu, Chief Executive of Volvo owner Geely, left, and Stefan Jakoby , right, Chief Executive of Volv...

Sweden China Volvo

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao waves to employees during his visit Tuesday April 24, 2012 to the Volvo car factory in Goteborg, Sweden. Prime Min...

Sweden's prime minister on Tuesday brought up the sensitive issue of human rights and the unstable situation in Tibet as he received his Chinese counterpart in Stockholm, saying that although their countries have good relations there are areas where they disagree.
Meanwhile, dozens of demonstrators demanding a free Tibet gathered outside the government buildings.
Wen Jiabao was in Sweden as part of a four-leg European tour where he has already visited Iceland and Germany. On Wednesday, he will go to Poland.
In a joint news conference in Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said he had "expressed concern" over China's handling of human rights activists and "the difficult situation in Tibet."
"There are areas where we don't share the same views concerning issues like democracy and the respect of human rights," Reinfeldt said, noting also that he had underscored the importance of freedom of information.
Many Tibetans want independence from Chinese rule, and there is deep resentment over Chinese imposition of restrictions on the practice of Buddhism there, leading to local unrest.
In the past year, there have been dozens of self-immolation protests in Tibet. Chinese officials have sought to discredit them, saying they have been manipulated by the exiled Dalai Lama, but the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader has said he does not encourage those acts.
In response to Reinfeldt's comments, Wen said his country "respects and is committed to protecting human rights and will continue to make unrelenting efforts in this regard," but he did not say in what way.
As part of the visit in Sweden, Wen has also met Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, and China has signed various bilateral and business agreements.


Updated : 2021-06-13 15:36 GMT+08:00