The Financial Times reported today that Mr. Cui Tiankai, the Chinese deputy foreign minister, has warned European government officials not to attend the Nobel prize ceremony in December following the announcement of the peace prize going to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Mr. Liu is a political activist jailed by the Chinese state for 11 years for supposed “subversion of state power”.
Mr. Tiankai is quoted as saying: “The choice before some European countries and others is clear and simple – do they want to be part of the political game to challenge China’s judicial system, or do they want to develop a true friendly relationship with the Chinese government and people in a responsible manner?…… If they make the wrong choice, they have to bear the consequences.”
Mr. Tiankai is TALKING BOLLOCKS! Support for Chinese dissidents does nothing to damage relationships with the Chinese people. The real question is do European countries want a good relationship with a totalitarian regime which restricts freedom and bullies it’s neighbours? A dictatorial regime which is so puffed up by it’s new found economic success that it’s unelected bureaucrats have the front to threaten European countries because they dare support a campaigner for freedom?
This self appointed nobody has no mandate and is behaving like all state officials who maintain their power at the point of a gun. He, and his cronies, remain in power by means of threats and violence and so he believes that these tactics will work in all his endeavours.
It is the duty of European government officials to call his bluff and attend the award ceremony en mass.