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No time bound talk with Dalai, says China

May 24, 2008 (India)
May 22, 2008

Beijing, May 22 -- China on Thursday said no dates have yet been fixed for the second round of fence-mending talks between Beijing and the envoys of the Dalai Lama as the quake-struck nation was focusing on relief work.

"As for the next round of negotiations and talks, the specific time work is under discussion. You know that under the current circumstances, the entire Chinese nation is focusing on relief work," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here.

Massive relief operations are underway in the quake-shattered southwest China, with the official death toll in the May 12 temblor reaching 51,151 on Thursday.

Mr Qin was asked about reported remarks of the Tibetan leader-in-exile that he may attend the Beijing Olympics if the situation in the unrest-hit Tibet improved and an invitation was extended to him by China.

He said, "If the Dalai Lama side wants to make some contribution to the motherland, then he should stop separatist activities, stop plotting and provoking violent activities and stop disrupting Beijing Olympics." (PTI)    
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