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China : Olympic Torch Route Through Tibet Won't Change

The Olympic torch relay route through Tibet and to the top of Mount Everest will not change despite recent violent protests in Lhasa, a Chinese Olympic official said Wednesday.Anti-government riots last week in the Tibetan capital and a crackdown by communist authorities have led to calls by Tibetan activist groups to stop the relay from going through the region before the games."The Tibet leg of the torch relay will proceed as scheduled," said Jiang Xiaoyu, the executive vice president of the Beijing organizing committee."We firmly believe that the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region will be able ensure the stability of Lhasa and Tibet and also be able to ensure the smooth going of the torch relay in Tibet," Jiang said at a news conference.He said the ascent to the top of the world's tallest mountain would be the highlight of the torch relay and "a great feat in Olympic history."Last week's riots, which the government says killed 16, have cast a larger spotlight on China's human...

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