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Tuesday, 4 February, 2003, 23:53 GMT
Dalai Lama: Holding out hope
"We are now in contact with Beijing. Dialogue between two sides will continue. My special envoys and the Chinese officials may meet again in the next few months," he said.
The Dalai Lama disclosed, perhaps for the first time, the continuing direct contact between Beijing and himself following his envoys' historic visit to China last September.
Face to face, the first thing you notice about the Dalai Lama may not be his flowing red and gold robes, but his laughter.
He has a deep, resonant, ready and hearty laugh, which often punctuates his thoughts on the future of Tibet.