• EU PRESIDENT MEETS DALAI LAMA

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    VILNIUS: President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, met privately with the Dalai Lama on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), calling it an “honor” and risking China’s ire. China has for decades opposed foreign leaders meeting the exiled spiritual leader, who fled Tibet for India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule. The meeting kicked off the 78-year-old Nobel Peace laureate’s four-day visit to Lithuania, where he will also visit parliament and deliver a public lecture.

    AFP

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