This file photo taken on Sept. 9, 2014 shows Czech President Milos Zeman during a press conference with at the Elysee Palace, on Sept. 9, 2014 in Paris, during an official visit. / AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK
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Czech President Milos Zeman has denied that his decision not to award a medal to a Holocaust survivor was because the man's nephew, a Czech government minister, had angered China by meeting the Dalai Lama.Culture Minister Daniel Herman met the exiled Tibetan leader this week against the wishes of Beijing and Zeman, who has strongly pushed for a closer economic relationship with China.President Zeman acknowledged that plans to award a state medal to George Brady, 88, had been dropped, Finance Minister Andrej Babis was quoted as saying on Saturday.But Zeman denied the change of plan had anything to do with Brady's nephew, Culture Minister Daniel Herman, meeting the Dalai Lama.A spokesman for Zeman said on Friday the president had completed the list of nominees "some time ago," and had not subsequently dropped anyone.
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