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China urges diplomats to boycott Nobel ceremony

19 governments to skip peace prize ceremony for Chinese dissident


At least 19 governments, including China, will skip the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony this week, at which the prize will be awarded to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Many of the other absentees are either trading partners or otherwise allied with China. They include: Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco. Another 44 countries are expected to attend, while Algeria and Sri Lanka have yet to RSVP. The declined invites may be the result of China’s pressure to boycott the ceremony because of the Nobel committee’s choice of Liu, who is serving an 11-year sentence for his writings and a manifesto he helped pen called Charter 08, which calls for democratic reforms. “China has been arm-twisting behind the scenes to stop governments from attending the Nobel prize ceremony, using a combination of political pressure and economic blackmail,” said Sam Zarifi of Amnesty International.

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China urges diplomats to boycott Nobel ceremony

  1. Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. From that date forward the peace prize has become irrelevant.
    Boycotting or encouraging attendance is silly. Remember when the U.S boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980. . The US boycotted the Moscow games as a way of protesting the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. How ironic it is that thirty years later, we are fighting a war there ourselves, against the same enemy which the Russians fought. Pipelines, and natural resources are always more important than indigenous populations. The pretexts change with the wind. Politicians know most people are gullible and credulous.

  2. [sarcasm]I'm looking at this list, and it seems to me that these governmennts bocotting the award are all model citizens on the international stage. [/sarcasm]

    Honestly though, the three common denominators for almost all of these countries are: Communism, Drugs, and Homegrown Terrorists/Paramilitary.

  3. A glimpse of the future following China's peaceful rise. Arm-twisting to decline invitations to attend Noble Prize awards. Arm-twisting to give up advanced technology and other proprietary rights. Arm-twisting to look the other way at Chinese pollution. Arm-twisting to allow preferential market access. Arm-twisting to allow Chinese coolies to perform contract labor abroad instead of one's own citizens. Arm-twisting to accept the unacceptable.

    Pretty soon one's joints ache.