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What's behind "enshrining" Liu Xiaobo?
2010/12/09

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Alfred Nobel had noble intentions for the Peace Prize, but the Nobel Committee didn't live up to them when it decided to confer the prize on Liu Xiaobo, a convict from China.

Despite the political nature of the Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee went too far this time by championing a defunct ideology and trying to transform other nations.

What did the Committee intend to do?

By enshrining a convict, the Committee pulled the old trick of trying to impose the Western values and political system on the rest of the world.

By "enshrining" Liu Xiaobo, it intended to shame China.

By "enshrining" Liu Xiaobo, it intended to boost the morale of those who attempt to separate China, bring trouble to China or even subvert the current Chinese political system.

By "enshrining" Liu Xiaobo, it intended to interfere in the domestic affairs of those countries that do not follow the Western model.

By "enshrining" Liu Xiaobo, it intended to carry out the strategy of exporting the Western political system to China, and in the long run, to change China's path of development.

The Committee is not alone, as it represents some groups and people in the West who can't get rid of the Cold War mentality.

To pursue the above-mentioned objectives, the Committee turned a blind eye to Liu's deeds as well as to the principles of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Everyone knows that Liu Xiaobo, who is supposed to be "honored" in a ceremony in Oslo on Friday, is an imprisoned criminal and what he has done has nothing to do with "peace."

Why did the Committee select Liu as this year's winner?

The answer is clear: Liu has done everything he could to subvert the Chinese government, and that suits the strategy of some organizations and people in the West toward China.

That's why some people in the West immediately embraced the Nobel Committee's decision, launching a new round of China-bashing.

Nowadays, some people in the West still believe that the Western values and system are the best, and the rest of the world should follow their suit.

They also believe that they have the mission to peddle the Western political system and values to the entire world.

To this end, they usually adopt two approaches, either force and wars, or supporting those who purportedly represent these values and ideology.

In the case of China, they dare not to resort to force as they did in the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, so they turn to the second approach.

This is not, by any means, a new approach.

The West has pursued this approach in its strategy against the former Soviet Union during the Cold War era.

In typical examples, someone from the former Soviet Union were awarded the Peace Prize.

After the fall of the former Soviet Union, however, the Nobel Committee has shifted its focus onto other parts of the world, and this year it has targeted China.

China believes in a peaceful world order, but China never allows others to interfere in its domestic affairs.

"We never interfere in other's internal affairs, and will not allow others to interfere in ours; China's affairs should be left to Chinese people themselves," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said recently.

At a regular news briefing in Beijing last week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said the Nobel Committee's decision is tantamount to overt support for criminal activities in China, which is "flagrant defiance" and "gross interference" in China's judicial system.

"The issue of Liu Xiaobo is not a matter of free speech and human rights. It is a matter of respecting other countries' judicial rights and how to view China's development path and social system," she said.

Over the past decades, China has pursued the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and China has so far become the world's second biggest economy.

Whether the Chinese model is a success or not, China's development is the best answer, and the 1.3 billion Chinese people have the biggest say. China does not need any outsiders to lecture it.

By establishing the Peace Prize, Mr. Nobel intended to encourage the building of bridges, respect, cooperation and understanding among nations.

China has long pursued a policy of peace and development, striving to build a harmonious world order. So China's policy accords with Mr. Nobel's wish, while the Nobel Committee distorts it. 

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