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China: Dalai Lama

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received on the negotiating stance adopted by the Chinese government in their talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama. (191104)

We and EU partners have welcomed the visits to China by the Dalai Lama’s representatives, including the last visit, between 29 June and 6 July 2007. We have pressed the Chinese repeatedly to continue these contacts and enter a substantive dialogue without pre-conditions. We have made clear our view that negotiations should work towards a long term solution acceptable to both sides.