China says it will hold a new round of talks "in the near future" with representatives of the Dalai Lama, days after the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said, "I have not lost faith in the people of China, but my faith in the present Chinese government is thinning and it is becoming very difficult."
China's official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday the discussions would take place "in the near future" and were being arranged at the request of the Dalai Lama.
Last week, the Dalai Lama said his efforts to bring positive change to his homeland have failed, and it was up to the Tibetan people to decide on an alternative.
The Dalai Lama says he wants genuine autonomy for Tibetans to protect their religion and culture, but Beijing accuses him of supporting separatism in the province.
Beijing has long called for the Dalai Lama to recognize Tibet as a legitimate part of China.
The two sides have met several times to discuss their positions on Tibet, but with no breakthrough agreement.
Tibetan exiles in Dharmsala, India, plan to meet in mid-November to discuss whether they want to continue negotiations for Tibetan autonomy or take more radical measures such as supporting independence.
China has held influence over Tibet for centuries but only took control after its communist troops invaded in the early 1950's. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against China's communist rule.