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China asks Dalai to respond 'positively' during talks

October 30, 2008

Press Trust of India (PTI)
October 29, 2008
Beijing, Oct 29 (PTI) -- Ahead of a new round of talks with the Dalai
Lama on the vexed Tibet issue, China today asked the exiled Tibetan
leader to make "positive" responses and exert "tangible sincerity and
action" at the parleys to be held soon.

"China's central government is to arrange another round of talks with
the private representatives of the Dalai Lama in the near future" at
the request of the Dalai Lama side," the official Xinhua news agency
reported without specifying a date for the in-camera sessions.

The terse statement came after the 73-year-old Dalai Lama said this
week he would only hold talks with China on the future of Tibet if
Beijing "honestly" wished to engage in dialogue.

The third meeting with the Dalai Lama's representatives in 2008 would
be held "despite the Lhasa riot in March and serious disruptions and
sabotage to the Beijing Olympic Games by a handful of Tibet
independence" secessionists, Xinhua quoted an unnamed Chinese
official as saying.

The government hoped the Dalai Lama's delegation would "treasure this
opportunity and make a positive response to the requirements set
forth by the central authorities", he said.

Chinese government representatives met with envoys of the Dalai Lama
previously in May and again in July. However, no positive results
have emerged on the Tibet issue. PTI
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