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China Brushes Off Boycott Call, Says Olympic Torch Still Heading to Tibet

March 19, 2008
by Charles Whelan

BEIJING (AFP) – China brushed off Olympic boycott calls Wednesday as it said the torch relay would go through Tibet and scale Mount Everest despite deadly unrest in the vast Himalayan region.

Chinese military trucks line a street in the Tibetan capital ...
Chinese military trucks line a street in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on March 17. China has brushed off Olympic boycott calls and insisted the Olympic torch relay would go through Tibet and scale Mount Everest despite deadly unrest in the vast Himalayan region.(AFP/File)

Jiang Xiaoyu, the vice president of the Olympic organising committee, said the route for the longest Olympic torch relay in history would be unaffected by the protests in Tibet that have triggered a huge security crackdown.

“The relay will proceed as scheduled,” Jiang told a news conference. “We firmly believe that the Tibetan Autonomous Region is able to ensure the stability of Lhasa.”

The relay is scheduled to scale the world’s highest peak during the first part of May and then return to Tibet from June 19-21, the last two days in the capital Lhasa.

Currently, the streets of Lhasa are saturated with security forces and foreign reporters are banned from travelling there…

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