The Chinese government has made assurances to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the Tibetan Crisis is not really a crisis at all, and that should World War 3 break out in the next few weeks, it would be over in time for the Olympic Games in June.
Rogue monks and bored citizens of the quirky, remote land of Tibet, have become rather uppity recently over, what they say is, oppressive Chinese leadership. China, in response, has given its bored soldiers a few days out of the barracks, to deal with the trouble.
Over the weekend, other world superpowers were quick to condemn the heavy-handedness of the Red Army in the usually peaceful mountain kingdom, and US President George Bush indicated that military intervention against China could not be ruled out.
China, for its part, hinted that it would not be told what to do in Tibet, and that if the situation escalated, it would stand firm. The Beijing Games though, it said, would not be affected.
Chinese Foreign Minister Fak Off Yoo told a press conference:
"We got a lot of big bomb now. Game go ahead in June, no bodda."