The United States on Thursday called on China to review its policies that it said had raised tensions in Tibet, ahead of talks in Beijing between the Dalai Lama's envoys and Chinese officials.
Two envoys of the Dalai Lama headed to China Thursday for talks on the future of Tibet, just days after the Tibetan spiritual leader said he saw no hope in the current dialogue with Beijing.
The United States "encourage China to examine policies that have created tensions due to their effect on Tibetan culture, religion and livelihoods," State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said.
Washington also wanted China to improve access to Tibetan areas for journalists, diplomats and other international observers, he said.
Information for this report was provided by AFP.