The top official in charge of the 2008 Beijing Olympics has expressed a wish for Taiwan, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, to be included in the torch relay. But Liu Qi, president of the Games' organising committee, made it clear it would have to be a 'domestic' run. 'The domestic [torch relay] itinerary should cover as much ground as possible, including all provinces, regions, municipalities and ethnic groups, and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan should all be part of it,' he said. Mr Liu reaffirmed Beijing's plan to take the torch to the summit of Mount Everest, despite doubts about the feasibility of the idea in the absence of a careful study. Asked what would make the 2008 torch run unique, he said: 'The torch being held atop Mount Everest is something that's never been achieved before.' Mr Liu's committee will hammer out the plan for the relay later in the year. He also pledged that Beijing would not require public donations for the 2008 Games, except for the construction of the 1.1 billion-yuan aquatic centre. The committee had already raised enough money to cover the Games' operating costs - US$1.6 billion - which is a fraction of the estimated US$37 billion investment in the city's pre-Olympic development and beautification. Mr Liu denied there were plans to relocate residents to make way for tourists in a bid to ease traffic congestion, as occurred in Athens. 'We're not considering mobilising residents, for the moment. On the contrary, we're researching ways of encouraging as many people as possible to go and watch the Games, which means we'll have to set low ticket prices,' he said. 'Compared to Greece, we'll feature the characteristic of mass participation.' Beijing has a permanent population of about 15 million, but the total number ebbs and flows as millions of migrants come to the capital for temporary work. Mr Liu, also party secretary of Beijing's municipal government, dismissed concerns about traffic problems. 'Half of the people are expected to travel to Olympic venues on the subway,' he said. Four new underground links are under construction, with 300km of extra track to be laid before 2008.