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Chinese Officials, Dalai Lama's Envoys Holding New Talks བོད་སྐད།


Envoys of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are traveling to Beijing for a new round of closed-door talks on the future of Tibet.

China's official media said Wednesday that the Dalai Lama requested the talks. A few days ago, he said he was losing faith in the dialogue process.

The Dalai Lama's envoys and the Communist government in Beijing have held seven rounds of direct talks since 2002, but no substantial progress has been achieved. This is their eighth meeting and first since Beijing hosted the Olympics in August.

Enoys Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen are expected to sit down for talks with the Communist Party's United Front Work Department. No deatilas were available but sources says Tibetan delegation will present detailed demand for Automomous for all Tibetans under one Administration based under frame work of Constitution of People's Republic of China.

The Dalai Lama has said he wants genuine autonomy for Tibetans to protect their religion and culture, but Beijing accuses him of pushing separatism for the region.

Tibetan exiles based in Dharamsala, northern 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.

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