Tomorrow, the Nobel Peace Prize committee will give its award to jailed Chinese human rights advocate Liu Xiabo. How is China responding? In short, not well.
The Guardian reports:
Chinese experts reiterated that conferring an award to convicted Chinese criminal Liu Xiaobo is "gross interference" in China's judicial system, one day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
"Giving the prize to figures like Liu Xiaobo has clearly demonstrated the Nobel Committee's anti-Chinese attitude," said Gao Mingxuan, a noted Chinese Criminal law expert….
Liu, a Chinese citizen, was sentenced to 11 years in jail on Dec. 25, 2009, after a Beijing court convicted him of violating Chinese law and engaging in activities designed to overthrow the government. His appeal at the higher court was rejected in February this year.
Liu's words were obviously inciting people to subvert the legitimate state power of the people's democratic dictatorship that is under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and overthrow the socialist system, Gao said, citing Liu's remarks such as "change the regime" and "set up a federal republic of China."
China's puerile reaction underscores the importance of Xiabo receiving the award. With the award he'll get tomorrow, Xiabo will have a louder megaphone to advance the cause of human rights and democracy.