The Nobel Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo

For another view of the Nobel Peace Prize, click here. The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize given to China's critic Liu Xiaobo has come like a torrential shower after a drought that has lasted two decades. It comes at a time when many of China's intellectuals choose silence instead of free speech for the privilege to partake in the remarkable trend of growing personal wealth, when its political leaders insist on maintaining the authoritarian autocracy that has a record of sustained economic growth; and when many of the world's capitals are more than willing to put the thorny issue of Chinese human rights on the back burner as China emerges as a new economic powerhouse.

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