October 8th, 2010
07:06 AM ET

China calls Nobel decision 'blasphemy'; West praises it

[Update 7:55 a.m.] The Dalai Lama commented on the awarding Friday of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

"Awarding the Peace Prize to him is the international community's recognition of the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards political, legal and constitutional reforms," he said. "I believe in the years ahead, future generations of Chinese will be able to enjoy the fruits of the efforts that the current Chinese citizens are making towards responsible governance."

[Update 7:08 a.m.] The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo was "blasphemy against the peace prize," a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday. The decision could harm relations between the nation and Norway, according to China's state media.

"Liu Xiaobo is a convicted criminal sentenced to jail by Chinese justice authorities for violation of Chinese law. His acts are in complete contradiction to the purpose of the Nobel Peace Prize," foreign ministry spokesman Mao Zhaoxu said.


[Original post] Western nations praised the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, while China and North Korea largely ignored the news.

The British Foreign Office said the decision shines a spotlight on the situation of human rights defenders worldwide. Foreign Secretary William Hague continues to call for Liu's release, it said.

The French Foreign Ministry agreed, saying: "This decision represents the defense of human rights around the world. France, like the European Union, expressed its concern upon his arrest, and called for his release on several occasions. It reiterates the call. France reiterates its attachment to freedom of expression worldwide. The Nobel committee, which made its choice independently, wanted to send a strong message to all those who peacefully advocate for the promotion and protection of Human Rights.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso issued a statement saying, "The decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a strong message of support to all those around the world who, sometimes with great personal sacrifice, are struggling for freedom and human rights. These values are at the core of the European Union and the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee highlighted their importance all over the world."

In China, the People's Daily website led with a story about the Chinese stock markets climbing more than 3 percent in Friday trading. There was nothing about Liu on the Chinese government's English-language website. Nothing on CCTV state television. China Daily has a story about Thursday's Nobel in literature, awarded to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, but nothing about Friday's Peace Prize.

Hong Kong's government news site was silent on the Nobel, but the independent South China Morning Post carried a Reuters story about Liu's prize along with several sidebars and included a flattering picture of him.

North Korea's official government news site did not mention it.

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soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. yeah..

    At least this guy recieved his award for actually standing up for something, rather than for empty election promises.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bashir Ahmed

    Nobel Peace award has become more political than any thing else. Last year President Barack Obama got it for nothing, and now Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo got it to irritate China. One of the most deserving person is Abdus Sattar Eidi a Pakistani philanthropist who should have got it this time.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    @James....I meant he was nominated. Pls. forgive? My points stand on their own merit still. If not for US troops constant guard over Afghan pipelines, China wouldn't be so generous with US. china's main supply of oil is the Caspian basin, and this oil flows through pipelines in Afghanistan to China. As long as this is the case, US troops will remain in Afghanistan. Now you know why Obama had no choice but to leave troops there. Care to comment on how it is you think china is willing to keep extending US credit even though our debt is so huge?

    October 8, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • ARo

      First of all, there is no pipeline running through Afghanistan. Secondly, China buys US debt for the same reason everyone else buys US debt, because it is a safe place to put money. Regardless of what Art Bell says, the US is not going to default. And our debt to GDP ratio, while high, is still lower than most other industrialized countries. And why aren't you upset with how much US debt Britain owns? It almost as much as China.

      October 8, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cody Dodgen

    Indeed, he did violate Chinese law, and he faces dire consequences in the face of his transgressions. Now let's ask our dearly departed friend, Dr. King, about what he thinks about laws, even such laws as the ones Xiaobo seems to have violated:

    "How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."

    Continuing on, he adds:

    "We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was 'legal' and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was 'illegal.' It was 'illegal' to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws."

    Now answer this: what crime is Liu Xiaobo guilty of?

    October 8, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Prakhar Singh

    Chinese Government is finding itself in troubled waters as what was crime for them has been recognized as the effort of the year towards peace. Pity!! :http://businessnbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/08/china-cant-afford-this_04.html

    October 8, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stella

    Wow, really!? I guess in Obama's world and that of the Nobel elites good intentions are all that's needed. God help us all!!!

    October 8, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Prakhar Singh

    Interesting reaction from chines government.:http://businessnbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/08/china-cant-afford-this_04.html

    October 8, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Prakhar Singh

    Kudos to Liu. :http://businessnbeyond.blogspot.com

    October 8, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Prakhar Singh

    : http://businessnbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/08/china-cant-afford-this_04.html

    October 8, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Prakhar Singh

    Chinese Government is finding itself in troubled waters as what was crime for them has been recognized as the effort of the year towards peace. Pity!! : http://businessnbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/08/china-cant-afford-this_04.html

    October 8, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    Are you sure that you want a worldwide democracy? If there were, I seriously doubt an American would be voted in to any office. A few years ago, Gallup polled the world with this question: Who stands in the way of true peace and security? Ariel Sharon was viewed by most as the one man standing in the way. George W. Bush was No. 2. And didn't one of them recieve the nobel peace prize?

    October 8, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ARo

      I'm absolutely positive I want a world wide democracy. And it doesn't bother me at all if the US isn't elected to anything (what's there to be elected to, the UN? Who cares). All that matters is that the will of the people is represented. Whether that Will is for or against the US is immaterial.

      October 8, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  12. chinese

    chines support Nobel Peace award

    October 8, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Matt

    I lost all respect for the Nobel Prize when they awarded it to President Obama. Regardless of political ideology, that was just ridiculous.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. idopane

    it's the Final Insult, they won't rest untill Sarcozy and Barosso will eat the red carpet at their next visit to China. For the Nobel prize it's their greatest mistakes in a line of many.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • zimo

      Saying that marks you a mindless guy. Easy enough to be fooled by rumors. Fortunate enough you don't live in China, or you will become one of the totalitarianism's puppets for sure.

      October 8, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Darber42

    Who's the last Republican to win the Peace Prize? Oh, wait... all they do is start wars...

    October 8, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      Let's see Democrats started or got us into The Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Republicans got us into Spanish American, Grenada, Panama, Iraq I & II and Afghanistan.

      Democrats are by far the bigger war mongers PERIOD.

      October 8, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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