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:
CARL VON OSSIETZKY
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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:
There, you have now the who's who of Imperial China's tributaries!