Europe’s relations with China appear to be back on track. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent tour of Europe was by all accounts a success, with both sides eager to put behind them last year’s unpleasantness — a high-level China-EU meeting was canceled because of China’s objections to French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s decision to meet with the Dalai Lama. Yet all has not been settled.

Mr. Wen skipped France on his tour and the prime minister found himself in unfamiliar shoes — or dodging shoes. That is certainly not the image that Chinese leaders want to conjure in the eyes of their citizens or the rest of the world.

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