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Nobel Peace Prize is one event China would rather lose

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on October 09, 2008

2008 has certainly been a banner year for China. It hosted the Olympic Games and topped the gold medal tally. Zhai Zhigang became a national hero in September, after becoming the first Chinese astronaut to walk in space—and making China only the third country to succeed at a spacewalk. Or, as Time Magazine’s Austin Ramsy pointed out: China got itself the bronze in space technology. But with less than 24 hours to go before the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo [a hat tip here to reader Kruger Fred who pointed out that it is not the Swedish Academy though Alfred Nobel himself was a Swede] announces this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, you can bet this is one contest China’s leaders hope the country won’t win.

That’s because Chinese human rights activists Hu Jia and Gao Zhisheng are front runners for this year’s prize. Both are currently languishing in Chinese prison. Hu gained wide recognition in China and abroad for his advocacy on behalf of AIDS patients, and later for his outspoken criticism of China’s human rights abuses in the run-up to the Olympics. He was arrested last December, and his wife and child are under virtual house arrest in Beijing. Gao is a human rights lawyer who was arrested and convicted in 2006 for circulating articles on foreign Web sites criticizing the government’s treatment of the Falungong sect. However his sentence was suspended. He was rearrested in September 2007 after sending an open letter to the U.S. Congress.

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October 9, 2008 11:23 PM

Hu Jia is being supported by NED. That explains. He is actually a joke in China. Nobel Peace Prize will only ruin its reputation if Hu Jia gets it.

whats with the resentment?

October 10, 2008 12:07 AM

I find that there's a lot of resentment coming from chinese citizens whenever its regime is criticized by western media. I'm not sure if its face, but a lot of it is blind anger -- and seems to be taken personally. I think, in large part, it has to do with the way chinese people are conditioned by its media. they're just not used to anything negative; if you watch chinese tv or read the paper, there's usually very little negative news. Although I think western media tends to focus a little too much on the negative (just bc some bs stat tells them it sells), it does go along way to create dialogue on issues that are important and should be brought out in the open.


October 10, 2008 12:11 AM

Hu Jia is really a clown in China. He is a piece of shit that westerners used to harm China. It if really funny this dog win the Noble Peace Prize and that mean Nobel peace Prize is a joke. So funny.

Not Chinese

October 10, 2008 12:32 AM

Resentment, I wonder if you would be game enough to be so critical of Americans. Biggest bunch of murderers the world has ever seen, and that includes the Nazis. Not just in Iraq, but all the way back to World War 2. Invade any country at the drop of a hat. Kill their people, especially their children, destroy their homes, smash their livelihoods and then wonder why they do not love you. Trying to talk to America and pretty much all Americans is a complete waste of time.


October 10, 2008 01:30 AM

Resentment? How do you like if people write garbage such as "The coming collapse of the USA", or any second rate from a third rate publication constantly writing lies and trash about your country? You can not let a lie unchallenged or it will become true!


October 10, 2008 01:54 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize is a joke in China. The Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama in 1989 for Violence. He colluded with the CIA in 1959 to stage a rebellion in Tibet. Tibetans were airlifted to the USA for guerilla training and then airlifted back to Tibet. However, this uprising was crushed and the Dalai Lama escaped into India with the help of the CIA. This is all well documented in secret CIA papers published in 1999 in terms of the Freedom of Information Act. Since then the Dalai Lama and his followers has been in the payroll of the CIA.

Alfred Nobel must be turning in his grave because now the Nobel Peace Prize has become the Nobel Violence Prize. Unless the Nobel Committee revokes the Peace Prize awarded to the Dalai Lama, this prize will be regarded as no more than a joke in the eyes of the world

Frank Svandal

October 10, 2008 03:17 AM

It's actually not the Swedish Academy who announces the Peace Prize - it's the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. In Swedish Alfred Nobel's testament he wanted to create closer ties between the neighbouring countries Sweden and Norway, why today isn't announced in Sweden. When Alfred Nobel died in 1896 Norway belonged to Sweden but wanted to breake free and almost started a war in the that process. It was a frosty relationship until Norway became an independent country in 1905.

A Chinese

October 10, 2008 07:45 AM

It is well known that the Chinese gov sponsor some people (mostly university students) flood the net(According to wiki it was started from Nankai university at Tianjin). For each comment, the person receive 0.5RMB, in China they are called 50cents Party. I see some comments here looks like those paid commentators.


October 10, 2008 07:47 AM

BBC film about the Nobel Prize. History, conditions, which rewards and much more in this remarkable movie!
Highly recommended!

You are the joke!!!

October 10, 2008 08:10 AM

Frederik Balfour,
You are the real joke I've ever seen! Blindly believe things that you have no idea! How much do you know about China's human rights? How long have you lived in China??? You are just another "people say so I say" kind of rubbish!


October 10, 2008 09:10 AM

Good choice for the 2008 Peace Prize. Somebody who actually worked to bring about peace, not once but twice.


October 10, 2008 09:24 AM

Of course the peace prize is not made into a joke if it is awarded to people who are not sanctioned by the chinese government: I can't believe the lack of perspective and the childish nature of these views.


October 10, 2008 12:03 PM

So called Nobel Peace prize is a tool used by western nations as led by US & UK to screw other countries that they don't like. One cannot take it seriously.


October 10, 2008 01:41 PM

Noble prize should be awarded to those who have already had a major positive impact on humanity. Not to some obscure bloggers/cyberbullies. The question is why Oslo would endorse such a player?
Someone is trying very hard to muddle the concept of Human rights with rights of open rebellion which is suspended under the habeas corpus. They want to see china fall from within, just like Yugoslavia or Soviet Union.


October 10, 2008 01:46 PM

Wow, this thread is insightful as to how deep the conditioning of the Chinese people runs, at least in the posters here. One can only hope that free access to the internet and sources of news and commentary that is not scrubbed clean by the Chinese government will, over time, help to awaken the Chinese populace as they learn how to play with the rest of the world.


October 10, 2008 06:10 PM

Not Chinese - perhaps you might like to ask the people in China who are old enough to remember the occupation of China by Japan. Ask them whether they resented the fact that Japan was defeated by the Americans who you so obviuously despise - you need a history lesson my fried or are you just a pathetic party functionary with no capacity for independent thought.

@whats with the resentment?

October 10, 2008 10:45 PM

resentment? no, actually, most Chinese people can take criticize as long as it is objective. But think about it, can you get any positive news from western medias? every tiny negative event about china can be spreaded like flood in western meidas while the majority rest has been ignored. Western medias enjoy doing it like festivals. Do you really believe it? After 30 years development, China has changed a lot, from any aspect of a country. But western medias don't get a clue China (or don't want to) before open their big mouths critizing China even with make-up news or rumors. Is that rediculous?


October 14, 2008 01:35 AM

I am Chinese, highly educated in the Western, I am not blinded and conditioned by Chinese media, because you get very little of it in America.
I RESENT all these Western hyprocites critizing China, Chinese or its government because they are done usually ignorant, uneducated and biased Westerners who are duped and brain washed by the Western governments and media.


December 10, 2008 07:47 PM

Hey American media is just as bad if not more subtle and scary. IF anything chinese is pretty straightforward.


May 19, 2009 08:41 PM

I doubt the Chinese care about some Norweigan prize. They are Chinese, not Norweigan. We all know the Nobel Prize a political tool.

Most of the people it gives the prize to serves the interest of the West. After the Opium War I, II, Japanese imperialism, 8-Nation Alliance, Looting, I doubt any Chinese give a rat-ass about this stupid prize.


May 19, 2009 08:44 PM

I doubt the Chinese care about some Norweigan prize. They are Chinese, not Norweigan. We all know the Nobel Prize a political tool.

Most of the people it gives the prize to serves the interest of the West. After the Opium War I, II, Japanese imperialism, 8-Nation Alliance, Looting, I doubt any Chinese give a rat-ass about this stupid prize.


May 19, 2009 08:44 PM

I doubt the Chinese care about some Norweigan prize. They are Chinese, not Norweigan. We all know the Nobel Prize a political tool.

Most of the people it gives the prize to serves the interest of the West. After the Opium War I, II, Japanese imperialism, 8-Nation Alliance, Looting, I doubt any Chinese give a rat-ass about this stupid prize.

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