The mainland hopes Taiwan authorities will not allow politics to interfere
with the Olympic torch relay and fulfill the wish of Taiwan compatriots to see
the flame pass through the island, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of
the State Council Yang Yi said yesterday.
The torch relay route across Taiwan follows an agreement reached by the
Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) and the
Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), Yang said. Moreover, the route has been
approved by the International Olympic Committee.
In March, CTOC chairman Tsai Chen-wei confirmed that the Olympic torch would
be flown from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Taipei and leave for Hong Kong from
On April 26, BOCOG unveiled the 137,000-km torch relay route for the 2008
Olympics, including the stop in Taipei. But some of Taiwan's pro-independence
officials immediately rejected the route, alleging the route "belittles" Taiwan.
Yang welcomed Taiwan companies to cash in on the business opportunities
created by the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"We welcome all companies, from home and abroad, including Taiwanese
companies, to share the business opportunities created by the Olympics."
BOCOG will focus mainly on finalizing deals with suppliers for the Paralympic
Games and those supplying equipment, Yang said.
The mainland hopes to establish weekend and regular charter flights with
Taiwan as soon as possible, he said.
"Only if the weekend and regular charter flights are realized at an early
date can the air service bring genuine convenience, benefit and efficiency to
people and airline companies on both sides," he said.