Italian Vice Prime Minister Feni and Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqing held a talk for more than one hour in the CHIGI Building. Issues concerning bilateral economic cooperation, immigration, human rights and catholic churches were brought up at the talk.
When talking about the issues regarding human rights and freedom of religion, Vice Prime Minister Feni said: Id like to explicitly urge the Chinese government to continue to guarantee the true freedom of religion, and eliminate the differential treatments between patriotic churches and the so-called underground churches because it is unacceptable for us. After the talk, the Vice Prime Minister told reporters: It was a critical dialogue; In terms of dialogue, when both sides have very different views on value, a dialogue should be necessary.
Italian National News Agency (ANSA) reported:
(Rome, 17:30, May 24) When Progressive Party, human right organization HANDS OFF CAIN, Falun Gong and Tibetan groups protested against Chinese Vice Premier Li Lanqings visit in front of the CHIGI Building, Chinese delegations motorcade was entering the venue through the back entrance to avoid seeing the protesters. According to a Progressive Partys news release, Though such vicious strategies were taken, a group of Progressive Party members standing around the back entrance bumped into Chinese delegation. They swayed their party flags, Tibetan and Falun Gongs posters within a distance of two metres away from the motorcade. Then police blockaded these protesters immediately. According to this news release, this most vicious dictator could only enter the CHIGI Building through the back entrance.
(Translated on May 31, 2002, from http://www.yuanmingeurope.net/articles/200205/8367.html)
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