China Slams Nobel Prize Supporters As 'Clowns'

K J M Varma/Beijing
China Slams Nobel Prize Supporters As 'Clowns'
China today slammed the supporters of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo as "clowns" engaged in an anti-Chinese farce, as it claimed that "vast majority" of over 100 countries and global organisations may abstain from the award ceremony on Friday.

China has been furious following the award to the 54-year-old democracy campaigner and literary critic and has mounted diplomatic pressure to dissuade other nations, including India, from attending the December 10 ceremony.

China has stepped up criticism of Liu, the Nobel committee, and other supporters ahead of the prize ceremony on Friday, amid reports that China has made the event a prestige issue.

"The erroneous decision has not only met firm opposition from the entire Chinese people but is also not accepted by the vast majority of countries who uphold justice," Jiang Yu, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a media briefing here today.

"As far as I know at present there over 100 countries and international organisations in the world who expressed support of China's stand in opposing this year's Nobel peace prize, which fully shows that the majority of international community does not accept the decision," she claimed.

She described the members of the Nobel committee who awarded the peace prize to the Chinese dissident Liu as "clowns", claiming, "You can see very clearly that the vast majority of the international community will not attend the ceremony".

She however declined to provide details.

China has reportedly asked even the head of the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pllay not attend the ceremony.

Liu's wife, Liu Xia and his associates will also not attend the ceremony as they are kept under house arrest.

Denouncing the award as a "cold war" tactic to impact China's political system, Jiang said the award was given to a criminal which amounts to open fragrant interference in China’s sovereignty.

The foreign ministry official also castigated Norway for its support to decision.

"It (the award) has destroyed political foundation and environment for bilateral cooperation. It is difficult to continue bilateral relations," she said, asserting that the responsibility for this lies with Oslo.

Charging the Nobel Committee with "orchestrating anti- China farce", Jiang said, "We are against anyone making issue of Liu and interfering in China’s internal affairs."
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