China has confirmed its officials are meeting with representatives of
the Dalai Lama for talks onTibet. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
is seeking more autonomy for Tibet, but Beijing says he really
wants independence. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing.
Ministry on Tuesday confirmed reports that two envoys of the Dalai Lama
are to meet with Chinese officials.The closed-door meetings are the
second round of talks since March anti-government protests in Tibet
turned violent, prompting Beijing to close off the territory,conduct
mass arrests, and restrict movements.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu
Jianchao told journalis tsthat Dalai Lama envoys Lodi Gyari and Kelsang
Gyaltsen would meet with Chinese officials, but he gave nodetailed
information on which officials they would meetor what specifically
would be discussed.
He says regarding the Chinese central
government'snegotiations with the Dalai Lama, the top priority isthat
the Dalai Lama must implement the "three stops." He says he hopes the
talks and contacts are able to make progress.
The so-called "three
stops" are calls by Beijing for theDalai Lama to stop alleged
separatist activity, stop inciting violence, and stop attempting to
disrupt and wreck the Beijing Olympics.
The Dalai Lama says he wants
autonomy for Tibet but does not support independence. The Nobel Peace
Prize winner has spoken out against violence and says he supports Beijing
hosting the Olympic Games.
Beijing says more than 20 people were killed
after theMarch protests turned into a riot in the Tibetan
capital, Lhasa. Exiled Tibetans say many more Tibetans
Beijing says in June it released over 1,000 protesters who
were initially detained for investigation and has opened Tibet back up
to foreign tourists. But, despite the talks with the Dalai Lama's
envoys, Chinese officials continue to vilify the exiled
China came under rare criticism from the
International Olympic Committee last week after a Chinese official
criticized the Dalai Lama at the closing ceremony of the Tibet leg of
the Olympic torch relay. The IOC said it regretted that political
statements were made and urged Beijing's Olympic committee to ensure
it does not happen again.