China's cabinet has stated it will never discuss the future of Tibet with the Dalai Lama, underscoring that the massive unrest in the region that threatened to undermine the Beijing Olympic Games produced no change in Beijing's position. On potential outcomes of talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama, the new director-general of the information office of the State Council, China's cabinet, said yesterday: "The central Government will never discuss the future of Tibet with the Dalai Lama. What we can discuss with him is his future and that of some of his supporters. When Lhasa erupted on March 14, with Tibetans killing Han Chinese and looting theirbusinesses and homes, the topic of Tibet soared to the top of many agendas. The Government cracked down on ethnic Tibetans, who responded with protests throughout the Tibetan areas of other provinces and regions. It appeared that, whether planned or not, the cause of greater Tibetan freedom had succeeded - by becoming so prominent so near the Olympics - in barging its way on to the priorities of international leaders, governments and other organizations.
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