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Olympic torch arrives in Beijing

LS says she didn't personally witness the torch's arrival but she did see the gathering crowd: I pass Tiananmen Square almost every day on my way to work, so when I was on the bus I saw many passionate people waiting for the bus along with posters like �Go China.� I felt a bit excited and moved because this is a showcase for China. This is not only a showcase but also a time to bring some change to China. (Could you describe what this moment means for young Chinese? Is this a moment that will define your generation?) We've had a lot of turbulence this year so this year is like the young generation thinking about China and how the West thinks about us. (How do you and your friends feel now about the unrest in Tibet?) I don't know which side to believe, I feel I should go there myself some day so I know how to judge. (Were you one of the people who were upset about international protests towards Tibet?) Not really, but a lot of my friends were angry and still are. (You listen to this program every day and it's important to you to know what certain outlets feel about China.) It's important for me to know how the world views us and to criticize China feels insulting to many here. (With all this focus on China and the Games, what's your concern for your country after the Olympics?) I hope people still care about pollution and personal freedoms and that the media will be more transparent.

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