Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday accused the Dalai Lama of trying to divide China, incite violence and harm the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing. But he said fledgling talks with the exiled spiritual leader's representatives would continue.
Speaking at a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Hu vowed that Beijing would keep up a recently begun dialogue with the Dalai Lama though he offered veiled accusations that he is causing more problems than he is solving.
"We hope that the Dalai will express his sincerity through his acts," Hu said sternly without using the Tibetan leader's formal title "Lama" in an apparent snub to undercut his honorific status.
"We hope the Dalai will stop acting to separate the homeland, stop orchestrating the inciting of violent acts and stop undermining the Beijing Oympics so as to create the conditions or further discussions," the Chinese President said. The Dalai Lama has denied all three charges.
Fukuda said he highly evaluated Hu's decisiveness and willingness to talk with the Dalai Lama's side. But he, too, had a warning.
"The Olympics must succeed," Fukuda said. "The world is watching. We hope the Chinese government and people realise this and that people will be able to watch the Games with pleasure."
Fukuda, however, said he has not decided whether to attend the opening ceremony.