Rudd faces Olympic hurdle

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been drawn into an international row over the Beijing Olympics as he prepares to visit China this week.

Mr Rudd is keeping his options open on whether to accept China’s invitation to attend the Games, but says his schedule, rather than issues of principle, will determine his response.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have said they will not go to the opening ceremony unless China meets conditions that include beginning negotiations with Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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