Peace prize a po­lit­i­cal farce

In 2009, he was sen­tenced to prison for vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cle 105 of the Crim­i­nal Law of the Peo­ple's Re­pub­lic of China.

The Pak Banker - - Editorial5 - Xia Dong­mei

On Fri­day, the Nor­we­gian No­bel Com­mit­tee held a "re­cip­i­ent-ab­sent" cer­e­mony in Oslo to award the so­called "peace prize" to Liu Xiaobo, a con­victed crim­i­nal serv­ing prison sen­tence for in­sti­gat­ing sub­ver­sion of state power. The whole event has be­come an outand-out po­lit­i­cal farce.

Liu Xiaobo, the choice of the No­bel Com­mit­tee, claimed more than 20 years ago that the Chi­nese peo­ple were to­tally im­po­tent, both phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally. He said that "it took 100 years of colo­nial rule for Hong Kong to be­come what it is to­day. And it will surely take 300 years of colo­nial rule for China, which is so big, to be like to­day's Hong Kong. I even doubt whether 300 years would be enough." Over the years, he has been in­sti­gat­ing sub­ver­sion of China's state power and so­cial sys­tem by writ­ing and openly post­ing on­line sub­ver­sive ar­ti­cles and or­ga­niz­ing and coax­ing sig­na­tures of oth­ers. In 2009, he was sen­tenced to prison for vi­o­la­tion of Ar­ti­cle 105 of the Crim­i­nal Law of the Peo­ple's Re­pub­lic of China.

One can cer­tainly imag­ine the re­ac­tion of the Chi­nese peo­ple to the de­ci­sion of giv­ing this year's peace prize to such a per­son. Ac­cord­ing to the opin­ion poll con­ducted by China's Global Times on Oct 18, 77.1% of the re­spon­dents did not know who Liu Xiaobo was; nearly 75% of the re­spon­dents be­lieved that the No­bel Com­mit­tee "was pres­sur­iz­ing China and try­ing to make China ac­cept the Western po­lit­i­cal sys­tem." The re­sult of the poll must come as a sur­prise to some peo­ple in the West.

What must also come as a sur­prise to them is that de­spite the claim that this year's de­ci­sion to give the prize to Liu Xiaobo was made on the ba­sis of their stan­dard of "uni­ver­sal val­ues", those so-called "uni­ver­sal val­ues" they preach are in fact not uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized. Peo­ple with vi­sion and in­sight in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity have crit­i­cized the Com­mit­tee's de­ci­sion. Over 100 me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions from more than 50 coun­tries, in­clud­ing some from Nor­way, have pub­lished ar­ti­cles to ex­press dif­fer­ent opin­ions. This shows that de­cep­tion and lies can­not blind peo­ple's eyes. It must come as an even big­ger sur­prise to them that, de­spite their at­tempts of de­cep­tion, black­mail and threat, over 100 coun­tries and ma­jor in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have sup­ported China's po­si­tion. This con­sti­tutes a large ma­jor­ity of coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions in the world. Over 20 coun­tries that have per­ma­nent mis­sions in Nor­way have re­fused to at­tend the cer­e­mony. Of the coun­tries and or­ga­ni­za­tions that at­tended the cer­e­mony, some were only rep­re­sented by low-rank­ing of­fi­cials. This is un­prece­dented. It fully proves that the No­bel Com­mit­tee is bi­ased and its claim for "uni­ver­sal val­ues" is false.

How come there are so many sur­prises? Shouldn't the few peo­ple on the No­bel Com­mit­tee and their sup­port­ers be­hind the scene think it over? More than a hun­dred years ago, Al­fred No­bel made his will to grant his wealth to those who "shall have done the most or the best work for fra­ter­nity be­tween na­tions, or the abo­li­tion or re­duc­tion of stand­ing armies and for the hold­ing and pro­mo­tion of peace con­gresses." How­ever, the No­bel Com­mit­tee to­day has time and again be­trayed No­bel's prin­ci­ples. It has com­pletely tar­nished the Peace Prize and the very word of "peace".

Some peo­ple also claimed that this year's choice is a "po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion" and that the " China is­sue" must be dealt with. They have in­deed spo­ken out their mind. As early as 21 years ago, the No­bel Com­mit­tee gave the Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama, a sep­a­ratist bent on split­ting China. Their dream was that China would fall apart and take to the Western path. We are al­ready in 2010, and the No­bel Com­mit­tee is still day-dream­ing. The world can­not but won­der how the Com­mit­tee can have a dream for as long as over 20 years.

The world to­day is un­der­go­ing pro­found and tremen­dous changes. The vast num­ber of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, his­tor­i­cally bul­lied and hu­mil­i­ated, are now grow­ing stronger. The days when world af­fairs were mo­nop­o­lized by a hand­ful of coun­tries are get­ting far­ther and far­ther away from us. The call for peace, devel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion of the bil­lions of peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries is the truly uni­ver­sal call of the times. Against the back­drop of this his­toric trend, the 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese peo­ple are work­ing hard to main­tain sta­bil­ity and devel­op­ment at home and pro­mote the build­ing of a har­mo­nious world. Hun­dreds of mil­lions of Chi­nese have been lifted out of poverty in one gen­er­a­tion's time, and pro­found changes have taken place in the coun­try and peo­ple's lives.

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