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Beijing scolds Dalai Lama as envoys talk

July 4, 2008

June 3, 2008

BEIJING, July 3 (UPI) -- The top Communist Party official in Tibet
cast the Dalai Lama as a troublemaker even as envoys of the exiled
spiritual leader and the Chinese government met.

In a speech delivered in Lhasa, Zhang Oingli, Communist Party
secretary of Tibet, said the deadly March riots in Lhasa were a
"seriously violent criminal incident ... created by Tibetan
separatists after long-term preparation, with the support and
instigation of Western hostile forces," The Wall Street Journal
reported Thursday.

Oingli's remarks were delivered the day after representatives of the
Dalai Lama arrived Monday in Beijing for what the self-proclaimed
Tibet government-in-exile said would be two days of talks, the
Journal said. China confirmed talks were scheduled but said nothing
about their content or length.

China's government blamed the Dalai Lama for the March 14 riots and
the unrest that later engulfed Tibetan areas of western China.

The International Olympic Committee reprimanded China for comments
Zhang made when the Olympic torch passed through Lhasa in June en
route to Beijing, site of the Summer Games. The IOC said the comments
improperly politicized the Games.

Some world leaders have said they may boycott the Olympic opening
ceremonies to protest China's crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators.
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