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Be careful what you wish for.

China has been in a stew for years about its lack of Nobel Prizes.  Like the Olympics, having Nobel Prizes awarded to your citizens means you've "arrived" as a modern nation.

So they got one, a Peace Prize, too!   Problem is, it went to a jailed pro-democracy dissident, which is drawing world attention precisely where they don't want it.

Ooops.  Enjoy your turn in the spotlight, guys.

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scifiguytr
Oct. 8th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
The Nobel Committee: doin' it for the lulz.
deckardcanine
Oct. 8th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Couldn't have said it better myself.
lowen_kind
Oct. 8th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
And of course China saying it will hurt relations between China and Norway doesn't help things.

I may be wrong, but I don't think Norway has any say in what the Nobel committee decides.
leadsporkofdoom
Oct. 8th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
But neither does a country/state/university have claim on the prize winner's achievement.
sleepyjohn00
Oct. 8th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
China has pressured TV stations in the US to call the island 'Taipei' instead of 'Taiwan', because they insist they still own it. And the US gummint has let it happen.

Don't underestimate the lengths China will go to, to get its way.
lowen_kind
Oct. 8th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
In this case I think it is more of the stations bowing to the pressure of the advertising dollar than any perceived threat of retaliation to the U.S.

I still say we should put a ban on all Chinese made goods. There are more than enough other countries that would gladly take U.S. money to makes goods and improve their citizens' quality of life.

So China, you have cheap labor. Who cares. You're not going to tell the U.S. what it can and cannot do.

If China wants to be an economic super power, then it should start acting like a "grown up nation" instead of the bully it is.

Yes, I know it sounds easy, but it would be very hard to do in practice, for various reasons.
deckardcanine
Oct. 8th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
At least a boycott, like we did for apartheid-era South Africa.
wbwolf
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
I should point out that a US ban wouldn't make much difference (and you'd get a hell of a stink from US based manufacturers such as GM, Apple, Wal-Mart, etc.). Currently, a large percentage of Chinese revenues is coming from trade with Africa; the Chinese get resources and a place to dump goods in massive quantities out of the deal. And the African governments look at the Chinese generally more favorably than the "colonizing" Americo-European powers, since the Chinese don't bother with niggling little things like human rights or good governance.
secoh
Oct. 9th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Exactly. Sadly the US (and most of the rest of the world) depend on China for cheap labour and cheap manufacturing, and one of the US's largest remaining trading partners is China. If you boycott China, China won't buy so much raw material off you and it ends up destroying the last remaining shred of the current US economy. The US is already circling the plug hole, the last thing you'd want to do right now is make it happen faster.
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