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A German foundation was behind an "action of plan" to spur anti-China protests over Tibet during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to a report posted by a German website.

"Conference reports and the research of a Canadian journalist reveal that a foreign policy front organization is playing a decisive role in the preparations of the anti-Chinese Tibet campaign," said the report on the www.german-foreign-policy.com website.

"According to this information, the campaign is being orchestrated from a Washington-based headquarters," it added.

"It had been assigned the task of organizing worldwide 'protests' at a conference organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in May 2007," the report said.

According to a news report by Canadian journalist Doug Saunders, the Brussels conference organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNSt) gave the impetus to the current anti-Chinese Tibet campaign that forced the interruption of the Olympian Torch Relay in Paris last Monday.

The story, titled How three Canadians upstaged Beijing, was published by the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail on March 29.

Citing FNSt information, the German website report said the fifth "International Tibet Support Groups Conference" was held in Brussels on May 11-14, 2007.

The conference was supposed to do nothing other than the four preceding conferences, that is to "coordinate the work of the international Tibet groups and consolidate the links between them with the central Tibetan Government in Exile," the report said.

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