Taiwan's vice-president elect meets with mainland China about a cross-straits economic stimulus plan.
Further demonstrations are expected at upcoming stops, which include Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
President Lee can lean on his new Assembly majority to pursue economic reforms and a tougher N. Korea policy.
Freedoms have improved tremendously in the past 25 years, but Chinese people today face plenty of red lines.
For some years, China's boom and the war on terror have overridden human rights concerns.
The secretary-general says the situation in Sudan's violence-torn province 'remains grim.'
Amid numerous disruptions of the torch relay, IOC President Jacques Rogge called on China to quickly resolve unrest in Tibet.
In San Francisco's Chinatown, support for the torch relay Wednesday has more to do with cultural pride than political concerns.