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Chinese, Tibetan Representatives to Continue Meetings


Chinese and Tibetan sources say envoys of the Chinese government and the Tibetan government-in-exile have agreed to hold further talks, after meeting Sunday in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Chinese state media said the talks (between China's Zhu Weigun and Sitar and Tibet's Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen) were arranged after repeated requests from the side of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

They were the first talks since violence erupted in Tibet in March, triggering a Chinese crackdown.

China has said the next round of talks will take place "at an appropriate time."

Xinhua reported that the two Chinese envoys asked the Dalai Lama's representatives to take credible moves to stop plotting and inciting violence in Tibet, and disrupting the upcoming Olympic Games.

The Dalai Lama has said repeatedly that he is not behind the violence or the protests that have recently disrupted the procession of the Olympic torch in cities around the world.

Earlier in the day, Chinese President Hu Jintao told reporters he hopes the talks will be beneficial and said the door to dialogue has always been open.

The Chinese leader was conducting a news conference ahead of a visit to Tokyo Tuesday.

On Saturday, China's state-run "Tibet Daily" accused the Dalai Lama and his followers of what it termed a "litany of crimes," and referred to the protests in March as "their last bout of madness."

Tibet's government-in-exile had said the two envoys would convey the Dalai Lama's concerns about how China has handled protests in Tibetan regions of China.

The Dalai Lama says he is opposed to violence and is seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibet, but China accuses him of masterminding the recent unrest and of secretly promoting Tibet's independence.

China says 18 civilians and one policeman died when protests turned violent on March 14th. But the Tibetan government-in-exile says Chinese security forces killed more than 200 Tibetan protesters, many of them in Lhasa following the riot.

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