The Olympic torch won’t pass through Taipei. The announcement in the official website of the Beijing Olympics places the blame on Taipei, saying that “the Taiwan authorities violated the stipulations of the Olympic Charter, flagrantly making the torch relay in Taipei a political issue.” More specifically, it’s about the “unreasonable request that the torch relay should go in and outside of Taipei through a ‘third country,’ unilaterally changing the route of the torch relay in and out of Taipei, refusing to accept the torch relay route approved by IOC.”
China View says pretty much the same thing which shouldn’t be surprising.
Changing the route of the Olympic torch might seem unreasonable but taking the history of China and Taiwan into consideration, there’s more than meets the eye.
Monsters and Critics has the details on why Taipei refused to be part of the Olympic torch run.