China angry at Nobel Prize award

China reacted angrily after the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded Liu Xiaobo this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11-year prison sentence for "agitation aimed at subverting the government."

The decision to award the prize, made by a committee appointed by Norway's parliament, "could harm Norway-China ties," the Chinese foreign ministry said, October 8, the same day the prize was awarded.

Even before the decision was made, China's foreign ministry warned the Nobel Committee against picking Liu as the recipient, implying that to do so could potentially harm relations.

Norway's foreign ministry stressed that the committee reached its decision independently, though it is appointed by the government and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg supported it.

Liu, who has been in Chinese prisons several times since his participation in Tiananmen Square in 1989, started his current sentence in December 2009, after being arrested in June of that year for signing the Charter 08 statement, which called for various changes in the Chinese system.

According to the committee, the prize was awarded to Liu "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."

According to the Norwegian foreign ministry, China canceled at least four diplomatic trips to Norway. The Nordic state was forced to cancel its own delegation to China after Beijing authorities informed Oslo that no Chinese officials had time to receive the dignitaries.

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, when asked, said that Beijing - Oslo relations had been harmed, but stopped short of suggesting a diplomatic break.

China argues that awarding the Nobel to Liu "discredits" the prize, because "the Nobel Peace Prize," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu, quoting from the mission statement of the committee, "should be awarded to the person who ‘shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.'"

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  • Wow, thanks for the long history lesson.

    By the way, it must be really boring to live in a black-and-white world where there are only good guys and bad gusy.

    Posted by C.E.T, 10/22/2010 11:22am (5 years ago)

  • The PRC--Peoples Republic of China believes in communist democracy which is the democracy of the worker-peasant-student class alliance with the workers commonwealth soldiers support, which in Peoples China is called the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army.

    What China is angered at is the 'democracy of the Bourgeois, Feudal, and enslaving classes', that set the goal not of liberation of the peoples, but the overthrow of the workers, peasants dictate throughout society.

    After all the workers built the new China and they do not want a return to the phoney democracy of Chiang-Kai-Chek a U.S. military puppet, nick named junkerjeck by the Canadian Seamans Union members, who were tied up in Shanghai when the Chinese Revolution liberated that town in 1948.

    The seaman said that while tied up in the Canadian Liberty Merchant Marine Ship in that port for months, he witnessed the most amazing thing that life shows. When first arriving the crew members noticed that the city was in a run down condition, and not working. There was about a foot of garbage along and amongst the streets, and that the people were starving and in rags, while the dead bodies were stacked on the street corners to be collected once a week.

    The Kuomingtang Fascist Troops of Chiang-Kai-Shek were running through the town stealing all the possessions of the people that they could get their hands on.

    Then one morning he woke up and he said to me that everything felt like lifting up and there was a huge power surge felt throughout the air. He noticed a skeleton figure suddenly stand up beside the street and building next to the ship and shout with a clenched fist in the air Mao-tse-tung, Mao-tse-tung.

    Outside the city there was two million workers and peasants Red Army Warriors who let out a mighty charge and destroyed the fascist Chiang-Kai-Shek army facing them.

    This Canadian Seaman then said that in two months after liberation the city was cleaned up and everyone was working again, and the the people had food and living was again at least livable.

    That report was never told to the American People as the seaman told me word of mouth. The media was busy lying to the American people that the Communist Party of China was committing crimes and that they were not democratic. Such lies against the workers of the Peoples Republic of China have not stopped in the monopoly media and their false flag operations against the Chinese people continues to this day. The first law of the peoples republic of China is women must be elected equally throughout society.

    There is a song of the Harlem Kentucky Miners which says (Which Side Are You On)--- the billionare bosses or the workers unity. That is still relevant to this very day. China is not what the monopoly media says it is, in fact it is under the thumb and threat of U.S. Imperialist militarism to this very day in China's sacred province of Taiwan. Viva socialist liberation. End pollution wars, not endless wars for more pollution.

    Posted by Josey, 10/21/2010 4:03am (5 years ago)

  • The Chinese government is angry. Big difference.

    Posted by Mike, 10/19/2010 10:44pm (5 years ago)

  • Xiaobo isn't a good choice for the Nobel Peace Prize,

    According to Alfred Nobel's will, the Peace Prize is supposed to go to people, “ ...shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.[ " Xiaobo hasn't done, any of these things. Why not give the award to Mordechai Vanunu or the people who organized the Gaza flotilla?

    Posted by Sean Mulligan, 10/18/2010 10:20pm (5 years ago)

  • The _real_ issue is whether or not you can say what you want without being locked up in some prison for years. How about that?

    Posted by Matt, 10/18/2010 5:30pm (5 years ago)

  • The real issue in the award of the Nobel Prize to Xiaobo isn't human rights in China. The charter Xiabo helped write calls for further privatizations, protection of property rights and the creation of privately owned banks. While the Charter was published on the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, it ignores the economic rights guaranteed by that declaration.

    Another recent Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Martti Ahtisaari was rewarded for supporting the breakup of Yugloslavia.

    Posted by Sean Mulligan, 10/18/2010 3:49am (5 years ago)

  • We over-glorify the Nobel Prize. Doesn't anybody remember that they gave one to Kissinger?

    Posted by Jim Lane, 10/14/2010 9:17pm (5 years ago)

  • I'm not so sure this is so simple as an attack by Western governments on China. Even now the newspapers are claiming that leading Chinese Communists are circulating a letter asking for the end of censorship in China. An open society presents its problems, to be sure, but a closed one does also. There are many ways one could argue that a more open society is better for socialist advancement. We certainly feel that in the United States, don't we?

    Posted by Eric G, 10/14/2010 6:12pm (5 years ago)

  • It is a political move by western goverments to attack China .A shame this prize is now just one more capitalist tool.

    Posted by martin, 10/14/2010 9:29am (5 years ago)

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