Beijing announces lengthy Olympic torch route
The route to be taken by the Olympic torch in advance of next summer's games is the longest yet, and will visit the most countries the torch has seen in one go. The announcement's arrival is seen by some as a way of calling attention away from increased speculation over China's dealings with Sudan; however, China says it's because they were waiting on confirmation of the route from Taiwan. The link between Sudan and China (which is, of course, based on oil) may result in a boycott of the games by some countries, including France. Taiwan has still not firmly agreed on the proposed route.
The torch route was unveiled at the Millennium Monument in Beijing last night. The torch will travel to Taipei from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before passing to Hong Kong, then Macau and onto the mainland.
The route also takes in Canberra, Jakarta, Seoul, Pyongyang and Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
China's triumphant unveiling on Thursday of the elegant red and
silver torch and a route that will cover 137,000 kilometres over
130 days, crossing the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, more
than 20 countries, including Taiwan and the pariah state of North
Korea, and more than 100 Chinese cities, was marred by Taipei's
quick rejection of the route.