The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes lived and worked in China for eight years from 1998-2006. Ahead of the Olympics he returned to Beijing to assess whether they have really changed anything and why they are so important for China.
After arriving in Taiwan on June 1, 2008 and traveling through 23 counties and cities in Taiwan, the Human Rights Torch Relay, organized by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), arrived in Taipei County at 3:00 p.m. on the 15th of June. Officials from seven townships greeted the torch. This was the last stop in Taiwan before the torch travels to Japan.
The "Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR) in Mainland China" was initiated by many overseas organizations. One month since the pledge assembly was held at the end of March in Hong Kong, the HRTR coordination center has received large numbers of photos showing "Human Rights Torch" signs in Guangzhou and surrounding cities.