'China's Hu says hopeful on Tibet talks'
Chinese President Hu Jintao said he hoped talks with the Dalai Lama will achieve "positive results," according to an interview.Updated: May 04, 2008, 09:50 IST
Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Sunday he hoped talks with envoys of Tibet's exiled leader the Dalai Lama will achieve "positive results," according to an interview with Japanese media.
"I hope some positive results will be achieved in the meeting," Hu said in Beijing, Jiji Press reported.
Hu gave the interview to a group of Japanese media ahead of his visit to Tokyo on Tuesday, the first visit by a Chinese
head of state in a decade.
Two Dalai Lama envoys were to hold talks with Chinese officials on Sunday in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.
The dialogue takes place seven weeks after protests against Chinese rule in Tibet and a subsequent crackdown by China, that
caused an international uproar including demonstrations targeting the Beijing Olympics.
In the interview with Japanese media, Hu expressed confidence about worldwide support for the Summer Games, which China has hoped would showcase its rising international clout.
"I believe the Games will be successful for sure with wide support from the world including the Japanese people," he said, as quoted by Jiji.
Beijing was resuming dialogue just as the Olympic torch returned to mainland China after a troubled worldwide relay which included protests in a number of cities, including Nagano, Japan.
Tibet in March saw its biggest protests in nearly two decades to protest China's controversial rule in the predominantly Buddhist Himalayan territory.