By the lack of progress during nine rounds of talks, he also said there were clear signs of progress in Beijing. "They are realistic," he said of the Chinese leadership. "They have the ability to act according to a new reality.". Talks between China and the Dalai Lama's envoys resumed in January for the first time in 15 months but made no apparent progress on the Tibetans' demands for more autonomy.. There was no comment from Beijing, but Chinese officials have long accused the Dalai Lama of being a "splittist" intent on sowing trouble. While the Dalai Lama insists he wants some form of autonomy, China says he secretly advocates for total independence.