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More talks likely to be held

Envoys of the Dalai Lama left today after a day of talks with Chinese officials that ended in an agreement to meet again, in an apparent sign of progress in easing tensions raised by violent anti-government riots in Tibet.

Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche of the India-based Tibetan government-in-exile said that he did not expect definitive results from the meeting that ended Sunday but was happy for dialogue to continue.

International critics have accused China of heavy-handed tactics in quelling the anti-government riots and protests in Tibet and Tibetan areas of western China. Some experts believe Beijing agreed to meet with the envoys to defuse that criticism ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August.

Even as the talks took place, China kept up its verbal attacks on the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing has blamed for fomenting the unrest.

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