Dalai Lama welcomes China's offer to hold talks with his emissary

The Dalai Lama welcomed China's offer to meet his envoy and said Saturday the two sides needed to talk seriously about how to resolve the problems that triggered riots in the Tibetan capital last month. "We have to explore the causes of the problems and seek a solution through talks," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told reporters at his headquarters in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, a day after Beijing said it would meet his envoy. "We need to have serious talks about how to reduce the Tibetan resentment within Tibet," he said. "But just merely meeting some of my men in order to show the world that they are having dialogue, then it is meaningless." China's offer to meet the Dalai Lama's envoy gave few details, saying only that the "relevant department of the central government will have contact and consultation with Dalai's private representative in the coming days."