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Liu Xiaobo - December 10th 2010, 06:16 PM

I've only taken the beginning of this story. The rest can be found at http://english.aljazeera.net/news/eu...925451679.html

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The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded in Oslo, Norway, but without the presence of laureate Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident.

An empty chair represented the 54-year-old writer and former professor, after the Chinese government barred him and his wife from attending the ceremony on Friday.
Thorbjoern Jagland, the Nobel committee chairman, said Liu had "done nothing wrong" and called on Beijing to release him in a speech at the ceremony.

"Liu has only exercised his civil rights. He has not done anything wrong. He must be released."

Jagland paid tribute to Liu's pro-democracy campaigning, most significantly for attempting to stop clashes on Tiananmen Square in 1989.

"Liu has told his wife that he would like this year's peace prize to be dedicated to 'the lost souls from the 4th of June'."

"It is a pleasure for us to fulfil his wish," Jagland said.
What are everyone's thoughts on this news story? Is China right in their stance to keep Liu jailed? Should the Nobel Peace Prize Committee use this award to keep political pressures on China?


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Re: Liu Xiaobo - December 10th 2010, 07:33 PM

I don't think the Chinese government are doing themselves any favours with this - at the risk of invoking Godwin's Law, the only other Nobel Peace Prize laureates to be prevented from collecting the prize were Carl von Ossietzky by, you guessed it, the Nazi regime in Germany, Andrei Sakharov and Lech Walesa by the USSR and Aung San Suu Kyi by Burma - none of which, as BBC News put it last night, are particularly flattering comparisons for China. The claims of the award being a political act are also ironic given the overwhelmingly political nature of Liu Xiaobo's detention. I can see the argument that they don't want their sovereignty or rule of law being questioned by an outside organisation (China historically has not taken kindly to outside criticism, even pre-Communism), but in this case it probably is quite justified. Placing his wife and relatives under house arrest and observation is also pretty petty however you look at it.

The more I look at the actions of the Chinese state, the more convinced I become that it seems to be clinging on by its very fingertips and is one cultural shift away from a complete collapse. Sadly, given the nature of the Communist Party and its military force I can see that ending in violence very easily. All I will say is I cannot see the current regime still being in charge for the duration of my lifetime.


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Re: Liu Xiaobo - December 12th 2010, 09:38 PM

China is bringing unwanted notoriety from other countries because of this.
   
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