Beijing has high hopes for Olympic flame

From Reuters, via ABC News:

China wants to take the Olympic torch to the top of the world and across Taiwan on its route to the 2008 Beijing Games, one of the top organizers said on Thursday.

Liu Jingmin, executive vice president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games, told Reuters he hoped the spirit of Olympic cooperation would allow the torch relay to cross Taiwan in spite of tension with independence-minded leaders on the island which China regards as its own.

Liu said Beijing was investigating how to haul the torch to the summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain at 8,850 meters (29,035 ft), and broadcast the ascent live around the globe.

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