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Supporters of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo hold up his pictures

during a demonstration outside China's Liaison Office in Hong

Kong on Friday.

 

Global Times, People's Republic of China

Nobel Peace Prize is Biased Toward the West

 

Does the West, through the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, unfairly single out China for criticism? According to this editorial from China's strictly state-run Global Times, awarding Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo with the Peace Prize was a 'display of arrogance and prejudice against a country that has made the most remarkable economic and social progress.' Once again, Beijing seems to regard economic prowess as a pass for not providing the political freedoms enshrined in its own constitution.

 

EDITORIAL

 

October 9, 2010

 

People's Republic of China - Global Times - Original Article (English)

Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.  

BBC NEWS AUDIO: China slams Nobel Peace Prize 'obscenity', Oct. 9, 00:07:42RealVideo

Friday the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, an incarcerated Chinese criminal.

 

The Nobel committee once again displayed its arrogance and prejudice against a country that has made the most remarkable economic and social progress in the past three decades.

 

The Nobel Prize has been generally perceived as a prestigious award in China, but many Chinese feel the Peace Prize is loaded with Western ideology.

 

Last century, the prize was awarded several times to pro-Western advocates in the former Soviet Union, including Mikhail Gorbachev, whose efforts directly led to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The Western preference of the Nobel committee didn't disappear with the end of the Cold War.

 

By making paranoid choices, the committee continues to deny China's development.

 

In 1989, the Dalai Lama, a separatist, won the prize. Liu Xiaobo, the new winner, wants to copy Western political systems in China.

 

There are many different ways to view these two men, but neither are among those who have made constructive contributions to China's peace and growth.

 

Other Chinese dissidents, such as Rebiya Kadeer and Hu Jia, were reportedly on the shortlist for the Peace Prize this year, which naturally generates animosity toward the award among many Chinese.

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They have reason to question whether the Nobel Peace Prize has been degraded to a political tool that serves an anti-China purpose. It seems that instead of peace and unity in China, the Nobel committee would like to see the country split by an ideological rift, or better yet, collapse like the Soviet Union.

 

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in jail by the Chinese government last year, after which several countries tried to interfere into China's domestic affairs. What the Nobel committee did Friday was a continuation of that act.

 

The controversy in the West over Liu Xiaobo's sentence is not based on legal concerns. It is based on a desire to impose Western values on China.

 

Obviously, the Nobel Peace Prize this year is meant to irritate China, but it won't succeed. On the contrary, the committee disgraced itself.

 

The award, however, does clarify how difficult it is for China to win applause from the West during China's development, and that China needs to be more determined and confident in choosing its own path, which is different from the Western approach.

 

The Nobel committee made an unwise choice, but it and the political force it represents cannot dictate China's future growth. China's success speaks louder than the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

 

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