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Editorial: China -- 2010 Nobel Peace Prize a disgrace

October 13, 2010

Global Times (People's Republic of China)
October 9, 2010

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-West 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 did not disappear with the end of the Cold War.

The committee continues to deny China's development by making paranoid choices.

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 perspectives to view
these two people, but neither of the two are
among those who made constructive contributions
to China's peace and growth in recent decades.

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 among many Chinese against the award.

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. 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. They are
trying to impose Western values on China.

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

The award however makes it clearer that it is
difficult for China to win applause from the West
during China's development, and China needs to be
more determined and confident in choosing its own
development path, which is different from 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 story speaks louder than the Nobel Peace Prize.
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