China is the first country since Germany under Adolf Hitler to ban a Nobel Peace Prize winner or a family member from traveling to Oslo for the award ceremony. That’s not exactly good company.
China has got to get rid of the chip on its shoulder. Its flimsy claim that western interests (e.g. America) were behind the decision to honor Chinese dissident and jailed Liu Xiaobo for his pro-democracy advocacy is ridiculous.
The Chinese government automatically dismisses all criticism as meddling in its internal affairs. It’s time for China to assume responsibility that comes with being a world economic powerhouse in the age of globalization.
Like it or not, China is connected with the rest of the world via trade and investment. It cannot wall itself off from other countries of the globe, as it once did to protect against Mongol invaders. There is no Great Wall to protect the Chinese from foreign ideas and beliefs. The Internet has smashed such barriers to bits.
The decision to hand out a “Confucius Peace Prize” to counter the Nobel only compounds China’s PR mess. The Confucius Prize went to a Taiwanese politician who has promoted closer ties between the mainland and island. The only problem: Lien Chan, wasn’t informed about his victory and the need to rush to Beijing to pick up his $15,000 cash.