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Int'l community backs China over Noble Peace stance

Updated: 2010-12-07 19:56


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BEIJING -- More than 100 countries and international organizations have expressed support for China's stance on this year's Nobel Peace Prize, which will be awarded to convicted Chinese criminal Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said Tuesday.

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"This shows that the majority of international community members do not accept the Nobel Committee's wrong decision," said Jiang at a news briefing.

Liu was sentenced to 11 years in jail on December 25, 2009, after a Beijing court convicted him of violating Chinese law and engaging in activities aimed at overthrowing the government.

Jiang said the Nobel Committee's decision to grant the Peace Prize to a convicted criminal was tantamount to overt support for criminal activities in China, and a gross interference in China's judicial sovereignty.

"This wrong decision will incur firm opposition from the Chinese people, and it is unacceptable to the vast majority of countries that uphold justice," said Jiang.


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