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Japan PM asks China for Tibet dialogue

world Updated: May 07, 2008 10:30 IST

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Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda pressed China on Wednesday to ease international concerns over Tibet, but Chinese President Hu Jintao said the Dalai Lama must stop "instigating violence."

China reopened talks this week with representatives of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, amid an uproar over Beijing's clampdown on protests in the Himalayan region.

Fukuda said he raised the issue in talks with Hu, who was on a fence-mending visit to Tokyo, in what is his first foreign trip since violence erupted in Tibet in March.

"I told him that Japan considers the president's decision and the talks to be a first step towards a full-scale dialogue," Fukuda said after talks with Hu.

"I requested that China eliminate the concerns of the international community by continuing the talks and improving the situation," Fukuda said.

Hu said he hoped for progress in the dialogue with the Dalai Lama's representatives after the talks in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

"Both sides agreed to continue making contact," Hu said. "We hope that the contact will produce positive results."
But Hu reiterated China's accusations that the Dalai Lama is trying to divide China.

"We hope that the Dalai Lama side will show their sincerity through action, stop splittist activities against the homeland, stop plotting and instigating violence, stop destruction of the Beijing Olympics and create conditions conducive to next consultations," Hu said.

The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate, says he opposes violence and is seeking only greater autonomy and cultural rights for his Buddhist homeland within China.