It’s that time of year again, Swedish Christmas decoration, endless supplies of glögg, and the Nobel Prize awards ceremony.
Most notably is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Liu Xiaobao, presented in Oslo. Last year the committee awarded President Obama the peace prize, a controversial decision considering the President’s short time in office. This year, there has been fierce opposition of the committee’s decision to award a criminal dissident of the peace prize.
The decision cost not only uproar and vitriolic anger by the Chinese government but also the loss of diplomatic ties and trade relations (too bad Wikileaks has no diplomatic cables on the past weeks discussion between countries) with Norway. China went so far to say that countries who attend the ceremony would have repercussions and be a black marks. Besides, said the Chinese government, the Peace Prize is an American conspiracy and the prize itself is “an anti-China farce” run by “clowns” in Norway.
China’s way to win over countries: threaten them.
Mr. Xiaobao is in prison for eleven years and his wife is under house surveilance and unable to leave home (or China). For the first time in 75 years, since Hitler ruled Germany (and prevent the Nobel winner), was there no person able to receive a prize himself/herself or even on behalf of someone. Never thought China would be in the same sentence as Hitler when it comes to political democracy.
I support giving the prize to someone who has fought, and continues to fight, the right to freedom. For that I dedicate this post to all citizens around the world who have battled with their soul to better the lives of people around them.
As the head of the Norweigian Peace Prize committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, said: “It is no coincidence that nearly all the richest countries in the world are democratic, because democracy mobilizes new human and technological resources,” he said. “China’s new status entails increased responsibility. China must be prepared for criticism, and regard it as a positive, as an opportunity for improvement.”
For Mr. Xiaobao, who strives for peace, his award sparks war in the country he lives.