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Hu accuses Dalai Lama of undermining Games

May 9, 2008

The Times of India
May 7, 2008, 2034 hrs IST,

TOKYO, AP -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday accused the
Dalai Lama of trying to divide China, incite violence and harm the
upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing. But he said fledgling talks with
the exiled spiritual leader's representatives would continue.

Speaking at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo
Fukuda, Hu vowed that Beijing would keep up a recently begun dialogue
with the Dalai Lama though he offered veiled accusations that he is
causing more problems than he is solving.

"We hope that the Dalai will express his sincerity through his acts,"
Hu said sternly without using the Tibetan leader's formal title
"Lama" in an apparent snub to undercut his honorific status.

"We hope the Dalai will stop acting to separate the homeland, stop
orchestrating the inciting of violent acts and stop undermining the
Beijing Oympics so as to create the conditions or further
discussions," the Chinese President said.

The Dalai Lama has denied all three charges. Fukuda said he highly
evaluated Hu's decisiveness and willingness to talk with the Dalai
Lama's side. But he, too, had a warning.

"The Olympics must succeed," Fukuda said. "The world is watching. We
hope the Chinese government and people realise this and that people
will be able to watch the Games with pleasure."

Fukuda, however, said he has not decided whether to attend the
opening ceremony.
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