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China's Fury Over Nobel Peace Prize Continues

October 29, 2010

James Dunn
The Tibet Post
October 26, 2010

Dharamshala -- An article published Monday (25
October) in China's state controlled media, so
called "China Tibet Information Center" has once
again demonstrated their objection to Liu Xiaobo
winning the Noble Peace Prize, calling it
"anything but the legitimate judgment of peace."

The opinion article entitled "Nobel Prize has
nothing to do with Peace" accuses the rest of the
world of not understanding peace, on the contrary
it can be seen that China itself does not
understand peace as this week diplomats claim
that China is attempting to block the publication
of a United Nations report which links Chinese
weapons with attacks on UN and African Union
peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

The article also contains vast and angry views on
Norwegians saying "The fact that Norway has long
kept neutral in wars and showed its support for
resolution through mediation and arbitration does
not mean the Norwegians possess a deeper
understanding of the complexity of achieving
world peace as well as the essence of maintaining
the peace". They state that the jury of five
people, all of whom were members of the Norwegian
government, have no right to chose the winner,
however, the decision being made by a committee
of five people chosen by the Norwegian Parliament
was prearranged in Alfred Nobel's last will and testament.

In his will he states that the winner should
strive for "for the abolition or reduction of
standing armies and for the holding and promotion
of peace congresses." Liu Xiaobo has struggled
all his life in efforts to uphold such values,
through his constant callings for democratic
elections, advocated values of freedom, supported
separation of powers and urged the governments to
be accountable for its wrongdoings. Therefore the
article's accusation of the awarding being an
"unthinkable and ridiculous decision," is in itself ridiculous.

Stating in the article that the peace prize "does
not possess a worldwide significance," the
writers seems to be unaware of the fact that Liu
Xiaobo's award has received support from Japan,
American, The UN and many European countries,
which contradict such a statement completely.

The writer touches on Tibet and His Holiness'
awarding of the Peace Prize saying "In 1989, the
committee awarded the peace prize to Dalai Lama,
a Tibetan slave master involved in armed
rebellion and national abruption". However, the
human right violations that China has committed
in Tibet since 1959 are plain to see with
increasing political prisoners, scarred earth and
Tibetan culture in dire threat. This week has
seen intense protests inside Tibet as once again
China attempts to erode Tibet's ancient language
with recent educational reforms in Amdo Province
requiring all subjects to be taught in Mandarin
and all textbooks to be printed in Chinese except
for Tibetan-language and English classes. Other
praised winners of the Peace Prize include:
Barrack Obama, Al Gore and Martin Luther King,Jr.

They also use the example of Adolf Hitler's
nomination of the award stating that it was due
to pressure from the German government, however,
the nomination was submitted by Erik Brandt, a
member of the Swedish parliament. Brandt never
intended for this nomination to be seriously
considered. Rather, he had submitted it to
protest the nomination of Neville Chamberlain for
the prize; Brandt retracted the nomination after a few days.

The article may seem hollow and full of Chinese
governmental propaganda, however, it does seem a
clear indication of the Chinese government's
unwillingness to release Liu Xiaobo.
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