West putting China ‘on trial’ with Nobel award: Chinese media
Updated at 1210 PST Friday, December 10, 2010
BEIJING: China stepped up rhetoric against Norway's Nobel Committee on Friday, hours ahead of the awarding of the peace prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, with media accusing it and the West of putting China "on trial."
Infuriated by the Committee's award to a man it labels a subversive and a criminal, Beijing has let the row with the Nobel Committee spill over into wider diplomacy, criticizing the West for trying to force its ideas onto China.
The Nobel Committee said on Thursday human rights were basic "universal values" but Communist Party ideologists consider the phrase to be code words for Western liberal values.
"Today in Norway's Oslo, there will be a farce staged: 'The Trial of China'," popular tabloid the Global Times, which is run by Communist Party the People's Daily, said in an editorial.
"Recently Western public opinion has not stopped cheering for the Nobel Committee, they are attempting to describe China's 'loss of face' and 'embarrassment'," it said. "No matter how strong the West's opinion, its slap will not be that strong, it will not be able to hoodwink the public."
China jailed Liu last Christmas Day for 11 years for subversion of state power and for being the lead author of Charter 08, a manifesto calling for democratic reform.
It will be the first time that a laureate under detention has not been formally represented since Nazi Germany barred pacifist Carl von Ossietzky from attending in 1935.
West putting China ?on trial? with Nobel award: Chinese media