How many people would even be interested in this presentation tomorrow but for Chinese pressure. Their government is putting MORE light on the Nobel Prize and Liu Hsiao po than anything be ever did.BEIJING – China's relentless criticism of the bestowing of the Nobel Peace Prize on imprisoned Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo showed signs of backfiring Thursday, as criticism of Beijing rose a day ahead of the award ceremony.
Beijing's high-pressure tactics and campaign of vilification have ensured a wave of publicity for Liu, a bookish 54-year-old democracy activist who was formerly all but unknown even inside China.
Many Western governments are appalled and Serbia's joining of a boycott of the ceremony may well further hurt its EU aspirations. The Philippines, which also sponsors a Human Rights prize, has also come under fire for stating it will not attend the ceremony.
And the "Confucius Prize" is just a cynical creation... I wonder if Lien Chan will be there to accept it... if he does, that will create some backlash here in Taiwan and put the KMT-government here in a difficult position because Lien is the honorary KMT-chairmain, but the government here has been outspoken in its support for Liu.
Interesting happenings over this... stay tuned...