December 7, 2010

Tributaries of Imperial China

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, is in the illustrious company of the rare few Nobel Laureates who could not receive the prize in person for political reasons:



ALBERT EINSTEIN
PHYSICS 1921

CARL VON OSSIETZKY
PEACE 1935

BORIS PASTERNAK
LITERATURE 1958

ANDREI SAKHAROV
PEACE 1975

AUNG SAN SUU KYI
PEACE 1991

LIU XIAOBO
PEACE 2010

After Nazi Germany had successfully prevented the German journalist and pacifist, Carl von Ossietzky, and his immediate family, from accepting the prize in person in 1936, China is the first country to repeat the performance. The communist state has demonstrated to the world what winning the Nobel Peace Prize for advocacy of democracy and freedom for the people could mean in the dictionary of totalitarian regimes: "treason" and "blasphemy".

Bowing to China's will are 18 other countries that have declined the Nobel Committee's invitation to attend the Peace Prize presentation this year:


COLUMBIA
CUBA
KAZAKHSTAN
PHILIPPINES
RUSSIA
SERBIA
VENEZUELA
VIETNAM
UKRAINE
AFGHANISTAN
EGYPT
IRAN
IRAQ
MOROCCO
PAKISTAN
SAUDI ARABIA
SUDAN
TUNISIA

There, you have now the who's who of Imperial China's tributaries!

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