A senior mainland official responsible for talks with the Dalai Lama's envoys has accused the Tibetan spiritual leader of making 'slanderous' comments on Beijing's Tibetan policy, mainland media reported. Zhu Weiqun, deputy head of the Communist Party's United Front Work Department, flatly denied he had ever said Beijing acknowledged the Dalai Lama's repeated pledge that he would not seek independence for the volatile Himalayan region. 'I have never said that, nor can I ever possibly do that,' Zhu said in an interview with the Global Times, a tabloid controlled by party mouthpiece, the People's Daily. Zhu said that even though the Dalai Lama had deliberately twisted Beijing's stance on his conciliatory 'middle way' approach through 'sheer lies', Beijing had kept silent in the past to 'prevent him from losing face'. Zhu, Beijing's top negotiator with the exiled Tibetan government, said he warned envoys of the Dalai Lama at least twice last year in talks in Shenzhen and Beijing that the Tibetan leader should stop fabricating his words. Zhu released some of the transcripts containing his remarks in the talks. 'I hope Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, [envoys of the Dalai Lama], have the guts to speak out and tell the whole truth because they have recorded all of our talks,' Zhu said. It is unclear why Beijing has fired a fresh salvo at the Dalai Lama, who is widely revered in the West and by the Buddhist community. Analysts noted that the strong remarks, in line with Beijing's hardline attitude towards the Dalai Lama, had come amid intense speculation about when the long-stalled dialogue would resume. Chinese officials and envoys of the Dalai Lama have held eight rounds of talks, but no dialogue has taken place since July last year and little of substance has been achieved so far. During his maiden trip to China last month, US President Barack Obama publicly called on Beijing to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama's envoys. Visits this year by the Dalai Lama to Taiwan and Tawang, which is near the disputed Sino-Indian border and is the birth place of the sixth Dalai Lama, infuriated Beijing. Lian Xiangmin, director of the research office at the government-backed China Tibetology Research Centre, said the so-called 'middle way' approach was a well-planned move by the exiled government towards gradual independence. 'The Dalai Lama said he would not seek independence for Tibet, but his government officials have admitted it's a transitional policy and a step towards final independence,' Lian said. The Tibetan government-in-exile described Beijing's accusation as 'irresponsible'. Thubten Samphel, a spokesman in Dharamsala, India, insisted Zhu had said Beijing understood that the Dalai Lama would not seek independence on several occasions since 2005. 'When they [two envoys of the Dalai Lama and Zhu] met in the Chinese embassy in Berne, the capital of Switzerland, in 2005 [for the fourth round of talks], he admitted Beijing understood his holiness is not seeking independence,' he said, citing 'detailed minutes' as proof. 'The international community, the Chinese people and above all, the Tibetan people, whose lives are directly affected by such irresponsible statements, will be the best judge of who is telling what lie,' he said. But he declined to comment on the possible implications of the latest war of words on the resumption of dialogue.