A top Beijing Olympic official Thursday insisted that China is fulfilling promises on issues such as human rights and freedom of the press.
Organizing committee official Wang Wei pointed out that Beijing has set up protest areas for citizens and said the Games will prompt China to reform further.
The International Olympic Committee Thursday objected to China's detention of a British journalist reporting on a pro-Tibet rally in Beijing.
A spokeswoman Giselle Davies Thursday said the committee disapproves of any attempt to hinder a journalist who is working within the rules and regulations.
On Wednesday, police detained a journalist with London-based ITV News after accusing him of supporting a pro-Tibet rally he was covering. The journalist was released after showing his press credentials. Police arrested seven U.S. citizens and a Japanese national at the same rally.
In Nepal Thursday, police detained at least 760 Tibetan exiles who were protesting outside the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu.
Exiles have been staging near-daily protests since March, when Chinese forces brutally suppressed demonstrations in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.