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Nearly 3000 Students from eight countries listened to teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Three day annual teachings for youth began today. June 3, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
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China plots Olympic torch's final assault on Mount Everest
AP[Thursday, September 20, 2007 16:31]
BEIJING: Chinese mountaineers will carry the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest, making the final assault on the world's tallest peak from a staging camp some 500 meters (yards) from the summit, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.

The head of China's mountaineering team, Wang Yongfeng, said plans for the Everest leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Olympics were being finalized, the Xinhua report said. From base camp at 5,200 meters (17,000 feet), the torch will be taken to a staging area at 8,300 meters (27,400 feet) and from there to the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit, Xinhua quoted Wang as saying.

Taking the torch up Everest is one of the most technically challenging and politically charged events Beijing has planned for the Olympics. Aside from the physical challenge of climbing the mountain, which straddles the border of Nepal and Chinese-controlled Tibet, the torch had to be designed to burn in bad weather, low pressure and high altitude.

While Beijing hopes the feat will impress the world, groups critical of China's often harsh 57-year rule over Tibet have decried the torch route as a stunt meant to lend legitimacy to Chinese control. In April, five American activists were expelled from China after unfurling a banner at Everest base camp that read, "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008," in a dig at the Beijing Games official slogan "One World, One Dream."
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