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Who is Liu Xiabobo?

Quite some time has elapsed since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiabobo, but the western media have yet to inform us about the ideals that he’s supposed to stand for. The reason is that Nobel Prize was given to someone who longs for colonization and for whom the only salvation is the obliteration of his own culture through western military intervention.

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An activist for China’s colonization by the West, Liu Xiabobo received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

In an 1988 interview, Liu Xiabobo declared that China needed to be subjected to 300 years of colonial domination to become a decent country ... of a western cut, needless to say. In 2007, Liu Xiabobo reaffirmed his thesis and pronounced himself in favor of a radical and complete privatization of the Chinese economy.

I am merely repeating the information contained in an article by Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong published in the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) [1], which can hardly be considered favorable to Beijing. On the contrary, the same article lambasted the Chinese government for having punished an opinion, no matter how "abject", with a jail sentence instead of resorting to criticism.

As for me, I would like to make a few observations. Western history manuals teach us that the Opium Wars ushered in the darkest period in the history of China: as upheld by eminent scholars, one of the world’s most ancient civilizations was literally "crucified". Towards the end of the XIX century, massive death from starvation became a daily and commonplace occurrence. However, in Liu Xiabobo’s opinion, that colonial period was not long enough. It should have lasted three times longer!

The least that can be said is that we are dealing here with a sort of "denial". The Western world does not hesitate to criminalize "deniers" in respect of the infamy committed against the Jewish people, yet it honors with the Nobel Peace prize a "denier" of the infamy suffered by the Chinese people under colonialism! Unfortunately, the position adopted by the political left is not much different. This same left, which was careful not to condemn the detention of David Irving and other representatives of that same line of thought who are still incarcerated, is now singing praises in favor of Liu Xiabobo.

But the Nobel laureate didn’t simply limit himself to expressing his opinions, regardless of how "abject" they might be, as even the South China Morning Post has acknowledged. After having exalted, in 1988, three centuries of colonial domination in China, the next year he flew (on his own initiative?) from the US back to China to participate in the Tiananmen Square rebellion in order to fulfill his dream [2].

Liu Xiabobo is still actively committed to that dream, as revealed in a 2006 interview with a Swedish reporter in which he extols the US war against Iraq as the means for exporting democracy. Thus, we are faced with a public figure who openly calls for the colonial domination of his own country and also, indirectly, a war of aggression.

His dream has brought him both a sentence behind Chinese prison bars and the "Nobel Peace prize".

Translation: Voltaire Network and Luís Mdahuar.

[1] « Medal contention », by Barry Sautman and Yan Hairong, South China Morning Post, 12 October 2010.

[2] On the deeper meaning behind the Tienanmen Square events, read: « Tienanmen, 20 ans après » (Tienanmen, 20 years later), by Domenico Losurdo, Réseau Voltaire, 9 June 2009.

Domenico Losurdo

Domenico Losurdo History of philosophy professor at Urbino University (Italy). Since 1988, he has directed the Internationale Gesellschaft Hegel-Marx für Dialektisches Denken and is founding member of the Associazione Marx XXIesimo. His last published work in Italian is La non-violenza, Una storia fuori dal mito (Laterza, 2010); in English is Liberalism: A Counter-History (Verso Books, 2011).

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