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New Nobel, Old Signal


The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo represented both an admonishment and a provocative effort to tell Beijing that being a global player means playing by democratic rules. Yet China has been down this road before. The West tried bringing it into line following the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. The fact is that the Chinese just don’t like being told what to do.

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo represented both an admonishment and a provocative effort to tell Beijing that being a global player means playing by democratic rules. Yet China has been down this road before. The West tried bringing it into line following the brutal Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. The fact is that the Chinese just don’t like being told what to do.

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