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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

China's Darkness: Liu Xiabo and his fellow Nobel prize winner

 Joe:  why does the US choose to do business with a country that regards its Nobel Prize winner as a common Chinese criminal, because they finance our debt we must ignore their treatment of Xiabo? Is this the grand bargain? Could it be that in the end China has financed the US debt with printed paper in the same way that the Federal Reserve prints money? The US, used to press China and other countries on human rights and in the case of South Africa we were very successful and now in Cuba maybe they will be Castro free soon. We even held our own against the Soviet Union, in part on a moral basis against Communism. I wonder where Nixon would be on the US-China relationship now? He opened the door to balance out Russia and that diplomacy served us well, the question now is how to we balance out China because right now I think it is the US that has been outweighed. -Bob

Barack Obama has lauded Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate, hours before the jailed dissident is due to be honoured at the prize ceremony.

11:49AM GMT 10 Dec 2010
Mr Obama, who received the peace prize last year, said in a statement "Mr Liu Xiaobo is far more deserving of this award than I was." He said that Mr Liu "reminds us that human dignity also depends upon the advance of democracy, open society, and the rule of law."

"The values he espouses are universal, his struggle is peaceful, and he should be released as soon as possible," the US president said. "I regret that Mr Liu and his wife were denied the opportunity to attend the ceremony that Michelle and I attended last year.

"Today, on what is also International Human Rights Day, we should redouble our efforts to advance universal values for all human beings." Despite the best efforts of the Chinese authorities, the news that 54-year-old Mr Liu, who is serving an eleven-year prison term, will be honoured today with the Nobel prize is gradually becoming more widespread.

At Zhongnan University in Hunan province, a red banner appeared on the grounds, boldly stating: “Congratulations to Liu Xiaobo for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Thank you to the world for not ignoring the Chinese people’s pursuit of democracy.”

“In the past 60 years, the government has been good at obscuring the news. But the people are now more enlightened,” remarked one Twitterer. “Our boss said he knows who Liu Xiaobo is, but does not really think Charter ’08 is very professional,” said another.

To counter the growing awareness of Mr Liu, China’s state-run media continued its assault on the prize. “A farce that puts China on trial is underway in Oslo,” said the Global Times, part of the People’s Daily group. “Bizarrely, a Chinese criminal named Liu Xiaobo is being honoured at a grand award ceremony. It is unimaginable that such a farce, the likes of which is more commonly seen in cults, is being staged on the civilised continent of Europe.”

It added: “Tonight’s political show is not an easy task for the Norwegians. They have to ignore the signs of China’s drastic changes and social progress, in a bid to convince themselves that China’s “darkness” is real.

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