June 25, 2008
The IOC and China are having a gentle tiff. At a ceremony celebrating the torch's passage through Lhasa, "noted hardliner" Zhang Qingli said:
"Tibet's sky will never change and the red flag with five stars will forever flutter high above it. . . We will certainly be able to totally smash the splittist schemes of the Dalai Lama clique."
The IOC responded, "The IOC regrets that political statements were made during the closing ceremony of the torch relay in Tibet."