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China's central gov't officials meet with Dalai Lama's private representatives

May 5, 2008

[Xinhua is the official news agency of PRC] 2008-05-04

SHENZHEN, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese central government officials and the
private representatives of the 14th Dalai Lama agreed to hold another
round of contact and consultation at an appropriate time when they met
here on Sunday.

The meeting, arranged at the repeated requests made by the Dalai side
for resuming talks, was held between central government officials Zhu
Weiqun and Sitar (who uses only one name) and the Dalai Lama's two
private representatives Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen.

The two representatives arrived in this southern China city on Saturday.

During the meeting, Zhu and Sitar pointed out that the riot in Lhasa on
March 14 had given rise to new obstacles for resuming contacts and
consultations with the Dalai side.

However, the central government still arranged this meeting with great
patience and sincerity, they said.

Earlier on Sunday, President Hu Jintao said in Beijing he hoped the
Shenzhen meeting between central government officials and the Dalai
Lama's private representatives could yield "positive results".

"Our policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the door
for dialogue remains open," Hu told journalists from 16 Japanese media
organizations during an interview.

According to Zhu and Sitar, it was the hope of the central government
that to create conditions for the next round of contact and
consultation, the Dalai side would take credible moves to stop
activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence
and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games, the
sources said.

The officials said the Lhasa riot on March 14, which was against
people's will, had jeopardized the fundamental interests of all the
Chinese people including Tibetans and caused great public indignation
and strong condemnation by people from various walks of life.

They said it was completely correct for the local government to take
actions in accordance with the law to maintain social stability and to
safeguard the country's legal system and the peoples essential interest.
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