As Tibetan protesters and Buddhist monks continue a deadly clash with the Chinese government, a travel warning has been issued by the U.S. Department of State asking Americans to defer travel to Tibet until at least April 14. The U.S. embassy in Beijing also issued a warning against travel to majority Tibetan areas of west China, including Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces.
In anticipation of further protests, Nepalese officials have declared the summit of Mount Everest, which straddles the Nepali-Chinese border, to be off limits for mountain climbers during the first 10 days of May. China, the host of this year's Summer Olympics, plans to carry the Olympic torch up its side of the mountain during this period. (MR)