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A peace prize that ignores true human rights development


BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The award of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to convicted Chinese criminal Liu Xiaobo can only prove the prize committee turns a blind eye to China's true human rights development.

It is said that the Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close link between human rights and peace. If that is true, in what ways have Liu's actions contributed to human rights progress for China's 1.3 billion people?

Or is the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to be interpreted another way -- the once prestigious prize has degenerated into a political tool and is being manipulated by some Western powers?

China is a developing country with the world's biggest population, low per-capita share of resources and underdeveloped productivity.

The Chinese government has fully considered both the universal principles of human rights and the country's actual conditions, and has made unremitting efforts to promote and safeguard human rights.

"The State respects and protects human rights" has been written into the Constitution in 2004 to provide a legal guarantee of this.

The Chinese government has always paid great attention to poverty alleviation, which is closely related to the rights of subsistence and development. From 1978 to 2008, the population living under the poverty line dropped from 250 million to about 40 million.

The government has abolished a more than 2,000-year-old agricultural tax, and has realized nine-year compulsory education across much of the country.

And it is widely believed that in the upcoming 12th Five-Year Plan period, the country will conduct more comprehensive reforms.

Since the government started to implement the reform and opening-up policies in 1978, the country has made significant economic and social achievements. Some experts believe that in the next 30 years, the reforms may not only deepen in the economic field, but also in the social and political realms.

It is very certain that the government will continue to safeguard human rights based on the national conditions. The decision to award a convicted criminal only disgraces the Nobel Peace Prize itself and destroys its credibility in China.


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