Torch Relay Sparks Protests

As protests make their way across the globe, the spotlight turns to China, a country rattled with harsh criticism--four months before the world gathers in Bejing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The commotion caused the U.S. House to pass a resolution calling for China to end its military crackdown on Tibet.

Even Presidential candidates want the current Commander-in-Chief to take action.

"The President should not attend the opening ceremonies because that is giving a seal of approval by our United States government," said Senator Hillary Clinton.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced he's not going to Bejing in August--but is it that easy for the United States?

Wednesday, members of the U.S. Army War College speaking to students at auburn montgomery said the strong financial relationship could leave the United States with its hands tied.

"When you have an interdependent economy, you have a great deterrence for conflict," Karen Perkins, an Army civilian.

Still, the protests continue.   In the latest Zogby poll, 70% of Americans say China shouldn't have been awarded the games in the first place.

With such a backlash, Army students in Montgomery say they're hopeful for change on the horizon.

"I do think that there's enough people [protesting about] Tibet [and] the issues with the Dalai Lama [. . .] to see some progress over time," Perkins said.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke