Friday, July 14, 2017

China Warns US To Stop Interfering in Chinese Politics - Condemns The Award of Nobel Peace Prize to Late Liu Xiaobo

Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was a "blasphemy", China said on Friday (July 14) as it faced a barrage of criticism over the democracy activist's death.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said China had lodged protests with "certain countries" for interfering in its "judicial sovereignty". The US, Germany, France and the United Nations have criticised Beijing after Liu died on Thursday aged 61 following a battle with liver cancer while in jail.

"Conferring the prize to such a person goes against the purposes of this award. It's a blasphemy of the peace prize," Geng told a regular news briefing.

Geng said China would not make a prejudgement about whether Liu’s widow, who has been kept under house arrest since 2010, would be allowed to go overseas as demanded by several countries and human rights groups.

“We lodged representations with the countries that have made irresponsible remarks,” Geng said.

This story is developing.

Culled from: straitstimes

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