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Paulson Expresses Concern to Chinese Officials About Tibet

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he has expressed concern to Chinese officials about recent violence in Tibet.

Paulson said Wednesday in Beijing that he appealed to the Chinese officials to seek a peaceful resolution of the unrest in Tibet through dialogue.

The U.S. treasury secretary was speaking after talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Paulson did not say if those meetings covered the Tibet issue. He said only that he discussed Tibet with, in his words, the "appropriate people."

Paulson is the most senior U.S. official to visit China since Chinese authorities began cracking down on violent protests that erupted in Tibet and other parts of China last month.

In another development, Nepalese police arrested about 50 Tibetan exiles who held a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu today.

Tibetan exiles in Nepal have been holding almost daily anti-China rallies in solidarity with protesters in Tibet since March 10th.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP, and Ruters.