Cameron yielded to Chinese pressure on rights in major business trip to Beijing

The Dalai Lama meets with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, in May 2012.  /Downing Street/PA

The Dalai Lama meets with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, in May 2012. /Downing Street/PA

British Prime Minister David Cameron became China’s leading European leader in the persona non grata category when he met last year in London with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The blow to Cameron was not only personal as he was viciously attacked in the Chinese press for encouraging the Dalai Lama’s anti-China “splittist” activities and for defying Beijing’s warning to avoid meeting with the Tibetan monk.

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