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Liu Xiaobo

2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Liu Xiaobo is a writer, professor, and political dissident. In 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years for inciting subversion because of his involvement in writing Charter 08, a petition advocating political reform in China. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” 

Norway, China in first contacts since Nobel dispute

Norway and China met on Monday on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit, marking their first official contact since a Chinese dissident was given the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian prime minister said.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 10:11am

Beware the golf ball racket at the Philippines airport

Sympathetic though we may be to the Philippines in the face of the Hong Kong government's absurd and surely racist attitude to the country, the Philippines can be its tourism industry's own worst enemy.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

China writers praise Mo Yan for dissident release call

An independent Chinese writer’s group has welcomed calls by Nobel prizewinner Mo Yan for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, but questioned his stance on freedom of speech.

Some dissidents accused Mo Yan of being a communist stooge after he won the literature award on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nobel laureate Mo Yan rejects criticism over 'party ties'

Mo Yan, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, hit back yesterday at criticism of his perceived close ties to the authorities.

And, speaking to media who flocked to his hometown of Gaomi , in Shandong , the day after he won the prize, he also spoke of his wish to see the release of jailed dissident writer Liu Xiaobo , who won the Nobel Peace Prize two years ago.

13 Oct 2012 - 8:56am 4 comments

Mo Yan worthy of the Nobel Prize for literature

The award of the prestigious Nobel Prize to individuals deemed to have conferred the "greatest benefit of mankind" guarantees that every choice is open to debate. The Swedish Academy's decision to give the literature prize to Chinese author Mo Yan is no exception.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:47am

Life under house arrest for Nobel laureate's wife Liu Xia

An international rights group has released a video in which it says the wife of China’s jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo is shown under house arrest.

Reporters Without Borders on Friday made the video public and called on authorities to release Liu Xia from house arrest and stop harassing Liu’s family.

12 Oct 2012 - 8:52pm

Liu Xiaobo still hidden behind veil of silence two years after Nobel Prize

Two years after his Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned, relatives are under house arrest or cowed into silence and, supporters say, the democratic change he sought seems further away than ever.

29 Oct 2012 - 10:06am

Liu still China's invisible man two years after Nobel

Two years after his Nobel peace prize, Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned, relatives are under house arrest and his supporters are cowed into silence.

29 Oct 2012 - 10:06am

Appal at Nobel literature prize rumour

Writers, activists and many readers reject the idea that Mo Yan might win, saying his career has been tainted by censorship

8 Oct 2012 - 8:30am

Morning Clicks, August 21

Keywords: South China Sea, Nationalism, Gu Kailai, Rare earths, North Korea, Liu Xiaobo, Arctic icebreakers, Western China, Standard of living, Architecture, Consumerism, Kenya, Antigovernment punk bands.  

29 Aug 2012 - 3:06pm

Activist missing after escaping from 'black jail'

A blind mainland activist denied entry to Hong Kong for the July 1 rally is missing after fleeing a 'black jail' in Hebei province on Tuesday morning, a Hong Kong-based rights organisation says.

Relatives of Li Guizhi, 57, who had been petitioning authorities for answers about the suspicious death of her son in 2006, said they feared for her safety.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Locals have little faith in Beijing

Hongkongers are losing their confidence in the central government. A survey has found that their mistrust is at its highest point since May 1997.

The poll was conducted this month by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme. Results showed 37 per cent of 1,003 respondents distrust Beijing.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mistrust of Beijing at post-97 high

Hongkongers' mistrust of the central government is at its highest point since May 1997, a survey found.

The poll, conducted this month by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme, showed 37 per cent - up 3 percentage points from March - of 1,003 respondents distrusted Beijing, compared with 44 per cent in May 1997.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lest we forget

June Fourth Elegies by Liu Xiaobo Jonathan Cape

Most poetry is to some degree about experience. Much of it, however, filters experience in such a way as to partially or wholly uncouple itself from events. Often, as a result, 'what' it may be about seems secondary to the 'how' it goes about providing meaning.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Online crusader blogging FOR JUSTICE

Many people may have come to know Beijing lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan over the past year only as a good friend and legal consultant to artist Ai Weiwei. However, for those who follow the mainland's blogosphere, 'Liu Xiaoyuan' is a familiar name.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am