In a statement, the Nobel Committee said Liu, 54, deserved the prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”
Analysts said the honor was aimed at pressuring China to ease its crackdown on religious and political activists. China’s government denounced the award as “a desecration” and said the honor should have gone to someone focused on promoting international friendship and disarmament.
“Liu Xiaobo is a sentenced criminal who has violated Chinese law,” a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu, said honoring Liu “runs counter to the principles of the Nobel Peace Prize.” emphasis mine
It’s not the prize so much that hurts China it’s that dictatorships are so used these days to international organization kowtowing that is seems contrary to the principles. I think that’s unfair, after all Liu Xiaobo just as much not George Bush as their last winner was
Update: Jay Nordlinger: Rejoice!