The Nobel Committee Under China's Pressure

According to NRK, China's Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying visited Nobel Institute this summer, and warned them such price will damage relations between Norway and China. Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad answered that it would be seen as an unfriendly act.

After NRK's article, it was revealed that the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is among the favorites for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The winner of the Prize will be announced on 8 October.

Who is Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is a Chinese intellectual and regime critic. He has taught at a number of foreign institutions, such as the University of Oslo (three months), University of Hawaii and Columbia University.

Liu was long known as an outspoken critic of China's Communist Party and was active in the protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989, which led to his detention for two years and that he lost his job at Beijing University. During the 1990s, he was involved in political activism in the democracy movement, and was occasinally arrested by the police for the activities in the movement.

In December 2008, he signed a political manifesto for greater democracy in China, Charta 08, together with hundreds of intellectuals. Afterward, he was arrested. On 25 December 2009, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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