June 30, 2008

China Will Reopen Talks With Dalai Lama’s People BRIEFLY : ASIA/ PACIFIC: SHANGHAI

China announced Sunday that it planned to resume talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama in early July, weeks before the start of the Olympic games. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the agreement to resume the talks followed a request from the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

"Our door is always open for the dialogue with the Dalai Lama," Xinhua quoted a government spokesman as saying.

Talks had been scheduled between the two sides in early June, but were called off after the earthquake that struck Sichuan Province on May 12. A date for the new meeting was not disclosed.

Originally published by The New York Times Media Group.

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