Ahead of G20 summit, France and China make peace over Tibet

Ahead of G20 summit, France and China make peace over TibetParis - One day before the opening of the G20 summit in London, France and China have put an end to their bilateral tension over Tibet, the French foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"France and China reiterate their attachment to the principle of non-interference as laid down by the United Nations Charter, and agree to reinforce their collaboration on issues of fundamental interest to the two countries," the ministry said in a press statement.

Relations between Paris and Beijing grew frosty after French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, at the end of last year.

Since then, French companiest have received no large Chinese contracts and Chinese politicians have openly avoided visiting France.

"France fully appreciates the importance and sensitivity of the question of Tibet and reaffirms that it supports a policy of one China and the position that Tibet is an integral part of Chinese territory," the Foreign Ministry statement said. (dpa)