China reacts to Dalai's Olympic suggestion
China has sharply reacted to Dalai Lama's statment to visit China for the Olympic games. Dalai Lama had expressed interest to visit the game if China helped improve the situation in Tibet.
China reacted coolly on Thursday to a suggestion from the Dalai Lama that he would be happy to attend the Beijing Olympics, and suggested talks with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader's envoys may be delayed by the Sichuan earthquake.The Dalai Lama said during a visit to London he would like to go if invited to the August 8-24 Games but would attend only if talks with China helped improve the situation in Tibet.
Envoys of the Himalayan region's spiritual and political leader met Chinese officials in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on May 4 to discuss the recent unrest in Tibet.
The Dalai Lama said the next formal round of talks would be in the second week of June -- the seventh round of dialogue between China and the Dalai Lama's envoys since 2002.
But Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said that the Dalai Lama still needed to show sincerity.
"I have heard what the Dalai said," Qin told a regular news conference in Beijing.
"But as far as we're concerned, if the Dalai really wants to do something positive for the motherland and for the Olympics, he must take concrete actions, really stop activities to split the motherland, stop plotting and whipping up violence, and stop activities to damage the Olympics," he added.