China warns Dalai not to disrupt Olympics
After latest fence-mending talks on Tibet issue that failed to make any headway, China has declared that future dialogue with envoys of the Dalai Lama hinges on his response to its demands that included not disrupting Beijing Olympics.
At the secretive talks in Beijing last week, China had demanded that the Buddhist leader take "concrete steps" to curb "terrorist" activities of Tibetan Youth Congress-based in India and not to support "plots to fan" violent activities and not to support any argument and activity to seek "Tibetan independence".
"If the Dalai Lama fails to meet such simple and rational requirements, it will be impossible to have necessary atmosphere and condition for next round of contact," an unnamed spokesman of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, which oversaw the talks, said.
Repeating China's position that the door for dialogue was "always open", he said contacts would make "positive moves as long as the Dalai Lama suits his actions with his words and truly practises the four "not-to-supports (Chinese conditions)," he said. "They are more practical and more convenient for the Dalai Lama to follow".
The second round of talks came amidst rising international pressure on both sides to continue the dialogue to ease tensions ahead of Beijing Olympics as a follow up to the contact they had in May in Shenzen in the first encounter after unrest erupted in Tibet in March.