Brussels, Belgium, 4 December 2008 (AFP) -
After addressing the EU parliament in
"Now one important factor is moral authority and that is lacking," he told a press conference in
"Because of its very poor record on human rights and religious freedom and freedom of expression and freedom of the press -- too much censorship -- the image of China in the field of moral authority is very, very poor," he said.
"The sensible Chinese realize
He cited the problems of
He said he continued to have confidence in the Chinese people while doubting the government wanted serious talks on
Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets Belgium's Senate President Armand De Decker (L) and Lower house President Herman Van Rompuy (R) at the Parliament in Brussels December 4, 2008. Dalai Lama Friday ended his two-day visit to Belgium and arrived in Poland. (Photo: Reuters)
Some MEPs even displayed a Tibetan flag.
The chamber's president, Hans-Gert Poettering, assured that the parliament would "continue to defend the rights of the Tibetan people to their cultural and religious identity."
He called on Chinese leaders to hold meaningful talks with representatives of the exiled Dalai Lama.
On Saturday, the Dalai Lama will meet in
That meeting has particularly angered
The Buddhist leader, who insists he only wants meaningful autonomy for
The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in
"We are not 'splittists', but the Chinese government still accuses us of being 'splittists'," he said.