Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dear God, Not China-Norway Relations!

From Slate:
The Nobel committee has awarded the Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese writer and dissident who's currently serving an 11-year jail term for "inciting the subversion of state power." Liu has spent the past two decades in and out of jail for his opposition to China's authoritarian government, negotiating the peaceful withdrawal of students during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, and helping pen a reformist manifesto that most recently landed him behind bars in 2008 ... As of Friday, the prize earned only a brief mention on the English version of Xinhua, China's state news agency: "Awarding Liu Xiaobo Nobel peace prize may harm China-Norway relations, says FM spokesman."
My God! Not China-Norway relations! How will we be able to solve the most pressing issues of our time without a harmonious Chinese-Norwegian alliance? Where is Norway going to get its toys? Where is China going to get its ... Norwegian wood?

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