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China, Dalai Talks Fail on Tibet

July 3, 2008

Times of India
July 3, 2008

BEIJING -- A breakthrough eluded the latest talks between China and
the Dalai Lama's envoys on the Tibet issue here as Beijing on
Thursday demanded the exiled leader take "concrete" steps to curb
"terrorist" activities of India-based Tibetan Youth Congress "for
progress" in the sluggish parleys.

After remaining tight-lipped for two days, hawkish China confirmed
the Dalai's "private representatives" met a senior Communist Party
official and government officials "recently" and insisted on the
Tibetan leader meeting its conditions.

However, it offered to hold the next round of contact with the
72-year-old Tibetan leader by the end of this year if he made
"positive moves", after his envoys held the second round of
fence-mending talks with Beijing amidst international pressure to
ease tensions ahead of Olympics next month.

During the talks which began on Tuesday, the Chinese officials told
the Dalai's envoys that the Buddhist leader must not support any
activity to disturb the Beijing Olympics.

The Chinese demands were conveyed by Du Qinglin, head of the United
Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central
Committee during his meeting with the Dalai Lama's representatives
Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen.

China also wanted the Tibetan spiritual leader "not to support plots
to fan violent criminal activities and not to support and concretely
curb the violent terrorist activities of the 'Tibetan Youth
Congress'" Du, also Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said, according
to the state-run news agency.

"If the Dalai Lama made positive moves, the next round of contact
would be held by the end of this year," the agency said quoting
department officials.
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