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China confident about smooth torch relay in India

China is confident that the Indian Govt will have made "good arrangements" for a smooth Beijing Olympic torch relay in New Delhi.

world Updated: Apr 17, 2008 17:51 IST

China on Thursday expressed confidence that Indian government would have made "good arrangements" for a smooth and safe Beijing Olympic torch relay in New Delhi.

"We have seen that the people have their enthusiasm for the torch relay in their country and they will have the opportunity to show the world their ancient civilisation as well as the achievements of India in the modern world," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu told reporters here, before the relay began.

"I think the Indian side would have made good arrangements for the torch relay and that with the cooperation of China, the Indian people can have the joy for the relay in India," she said.

Jiang was asked about the very tight security arrangements made by India and "if this the way the relay should be held" as people would not be able to see the relay.

She also dismissed a suggestion from a reporter that the torch relay had not seen protests in non-democratic countries.

"I cannot agree with you on demonstrations in so called democratic and non-democratic countries. It (disruption) is an atrocious violent attack against the torch which belongs to the people of the world.

"The violence should be condemned by all people around the world. This (disruption) has undermined the interests of people around the world," Jiang said.

She said the torch relay in Pakistan yesterday was successful and the "activities were in good order".

"The atmosphere was warm and grand," she said, adding, the enthusiasm of Pakistani people and the successful and smooth relay showed the "all weather friendship" of Pakistan and China.