China says awarding Nobel Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo was ''blasphemy''

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Meanwhile, the former chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday justified awarding Chinese dissident Liu with the 2010 peace prize which Beijing slammed as "blasphemy".

Mr Liu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 for his "long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China", but he was not permitted to travel to Norway to accept it.

The government's refusal to let him leave the country was a sign that "the regime's leaders feel insecure", said Perry Link, a professor of Chinese literature, who translated the document into English. "The handling of Liu Xiaobo' s case belongs to China's internal affairs, and foreign countries are in no position to make improper remarks", he said in a statement on the official social media account for the ministry.

The leader of Taiwan, the Chinese-speaking world's only democratic country, pays respect to dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who passed away yesterday.

Liu died in a Chinese hospital Thursday after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.

In its editorial on Friday, Global Times said Liu's supporters in the West had been less concerned about his health since his diagnosis than in making a political statement.

U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson had also called on the Chinese government to "release Liu Xia from house arrest and allow her to depart China, according to her wishes".

For many of us in India - and, indeed, in the rest of the world - the Chinese economic story has been seen for what it is: a country determined by its leadership's sheer will to lift its people first out of paddy fields, then out of Dickensian factories, and finally into the First World, all in the span of nearly a human lifespan.

Activists in China, while speaking to AFP, said Xia's parents passed away a year ago, which led to her suffering from depression.

As Liu Xiaobo remained behind bars until recently, Liu Xia, 56, had paid a heavy price for simply being his wife.

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Liu died of terminal cancer on Thursday, July 13, 2017, shortly after being transferred from jail to a civilian hospital for palliative care.

"Liu Xiaobo, and his wife Liu Xia, are the faces of liberty in China".

"Liu's last days were politicized by the forces overseas", the paper wrote", They used Liu's illness as a tool to boost their image and demonize China.

The call was endorsed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who urged China to "guarantee Liu Xia's freedom of movement".

Despite pleas form all over the country, he was not allowed medical parole until much later, when he was hospitalised in northeast China.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Liu Xiaobo has died in Chinese custody at the age of 61.

Ai said of his friend, "I think Liu Xiaobo will be remembered as an individual, a strong mind, with his belief, and as a courageous fighter, believing in democracy and freedom of speech".

"The future for human rights in China gets ever bleaker under the leadership of President Xi Jinping", Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, said this year.

Recalling the times he met Liu in person in 2006 and 2008, Aso said the lifelong activist was a noble yet friendly and open person. We must not forget the "foot soldiers" in the Chinese repressive apparatus who were accomplices: Jia Lianchun, the president of Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, his assessors Zheng Wenwei and Zhai Changxi, and the prosecutors Zhang Rongge and Pan Xueqing, who were all happy to convict Liu Xiaobo in a trial lasting just two hours.

"If we don't join the students in the square and face the same kind of danger, then we don't have any right to speak", Xiaobo was quoted by Hou.