Chinese press angry over dissident's Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xia, the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, holds a photo of Liu Xiaobo Liu Xiaobo is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for "subverting state power"

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China's official news media has aired its anger over the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo on 8 October, with editorials describing Liu as a "criminal" and accusing the prize committee of attempting to "humiliate" the country.

Some newspapers in Hong Kong were upset at the Nobel Committee's decision, whilst others praised Liu's campaign of non-violence for democracy in China.

The Taiwanese press, although pleased with the award, was concerned about its potential implications for cross-strait relations.

Editorial in China's Global Times

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, an incarcerated Chinese criminal... China's success story speaks louder than the Nobel Peace Prize.

Shi Yinhong in China's Global Times

The decision is aimed at humiliating China. Such a decision will not only draw the ire of the Chinese public but also damage the reputation of the prize.

Mo Nong in China Daily

Such a prize can do little except expose, and in some ways highlight, the deep and wide ideological rift between this country and the West. Like it or not, the Nobel Peace Prize broadens the suspicion that there is a Western plot to contain a rising China.

Editorial in Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po

The Nobel Committee has completely violated the purpose of the Peace Prize by awarding it to such a person, and it is also a desecration of the Peace Prize.

Editorial in Hong Kong's Ming Pao

Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize is an affirmation of his peaceful and non-violent struggle spanning 20 years. We call on Beijing to release all prisoners of conscience as soon as possible and no longer impose speech crimes.

Lee Yee in Hong Kong's Apple Daily

Liu Xiaobo represents the voice of every Chinese person without rights or power. The Nobel Peace Prize has not only been awarded to Liu Xiaobo but awarded to every Chinese who cares about the fate of China.

Editorial in Hong Kong Economic Journal

Freedom, equality and human rights are the foundation of a modern society… If the authorities ignore this basic spirit, the outside world will only see China's brutal and repressive side and China will be unable to win international respect.

Editorial in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post

A confident, powerful and respected nation - as China is today - surely must have room for dissent and debate.

Editorial in Taiwan's Liberty Times

China's hysterical response is not surprising. But its irrational moves have confirmed an important observation of ours: the Western world's long-held expectation that China's economic growth can bring democracy has been reduced to wishful thinking.

Antonio Chiang in Taiwan's Apple Daily

This prize is like plunging Beijing's head into cold water, reminding China that it still has a long way to go in winning international respect. Liu Xiaobo's prize is hugely embarrassing for Beijing but it is a good thing for China's future.

Editorial in Taiwan's Taipei Times

For obvious reasons, we focus on the threat posed by China, a threat made all too real by its missiles and stories like Liu's… Every tourist, businessperson and student who crosses the Taiwan Strait advances the future of which Liu dreams.

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