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| December 9, 2010 at 05:46 am
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China officials are not pleased by the Nobel award which honored Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. To them he is still a criminal and will remain behind bars. The event held Thursday which turned him into a celebrity has been a conflict debated by the Chinese government. They will not allow his wife to leave her home to go to Norway to pick up the cash - a million and a half dollars in prize money awarded to her husband. Many Chinese nationals have disputed the stance taken by the Chinese government and protest the criticism. "Liu, a 54-year-old literary critic and democracy advocate, is serving an 11-year prison sentence for subversion handed down last year after he co-authored a bold appeal for human rights and political reform. Previously almost unknown even within China, he has in recent weeks been transformed into a cause-celebre among global rights activists and a source of curiosity to young, Internet-savvy Chinese."
Thursday, as criticism of Beijing rose and the imprisoned Chinese dissident seemed to be turning into a celebrity. While China has successfully pressured more than a dozen countries not to attend Friday's ceremony to honor Liu Xiaobo and began blocking foreign media coverage of the event on the Internet Thursday, analysts said its efforts also appeared to be galvanizing the West, reminding democracies of the gulf between them and Beijing.