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United States reiterates call for China to talk with Dalai Lama

US State Department Spokesperson Ms Jen Psaki.
US State Department Spokesperson Ms Jen Psaki.

(TibetanReview.net, Jan10, 2015) – Referring to reports on exchange of emissaries between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government about possibility of talks between the two, the United States has on Jan 7 urged China to hold “direct and substantive discussions with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without preconditions aimed at resolving differences.”

“We have long encouraged the Chinese government to hold direct and substantive discussions with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without preconditions, aimed at resolving differences,” India’s PTI news agency Jan 8 quoted State Department Spokesperson Ms Jen Psaki as telling reporters during her daily news conference on Jan 7.

Responding to a question on reports of exchange of emissaries, Psaki has said she did not have any confirmation of the exchange, but added, “We believe that all people in the PRC would benefit from the fruits of dialogue and urge the Chinese government to seize the opportunity to further engage with the Dalai Lama.”

China has made it clear on numerous occasions that it does not want to talk about any Tibet issue with anyone, that it will talk with the Dalai Lama, or his personal representatives, if at all, only on the personal issue of his “return” to China.

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