US President George W Bush and Singaporean Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on Wednesday called on the Chinese to hold talks with the Dalai Lama to bring an end to the unrest in Tibet. ( dpa )
"We both agree that it would stand the Chinese government in good stead if they would begin a dialogue with the representatives of the Dalai Lama," Bush said.
"That's the only way for them to contain the problem," Goh added.
Beijing launched a crackdown last month on demonstrations in Tibet against Chinese rule, sparking international outrage and protests in cities around the world during the tour of the Olympic torch.
China is hosting the Olympic Games that get underway in August. Some leaders are considering boycotting the opening ceremony. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Bush's schedule for the games has not been finalized but Bush has previously said he plans to attend.
Bush and Goh also discussed the crackdown against political dissidents in Myanmar, the conflict in Iraq and the nuclear dispute with Iran.