China Friday revealed an unprecedented offer to hold direct negotiations with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, and the Dalai Lama's government in exile.

In India, the Dalai Lama responded positively.The Tibetans announced that they have appointed a six-member negotiating team to discuss Tibetan issues with the Chinese, but a site for the talks has yet to be selected.

According to a report by the official New China News Agency, the Chinese government expressed a wish for talks if the Dalai Lama "drops the idea of an independent Tibet," but the Tibetans did not explicitly accept the conditions laid down by the Chinese for talks.