Oct. 11 (New York Times/by Fang Lizhi): By giving the Nobel peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel committee has challenged the West to re-examine a dangerous notion: that economic development will inevitably lead to democracy in China. China has officially become the world’s second largest economy. Yet the hardly radical Liu Xiaobo and thousands of other dissidents rot in jail for merely demanding basic rights enshrined by the United Nations and taken for granted by Western investors in their own countries. Human rights have not improved despite a soaring economy.
As the regime’s power grows with prosperity, the Communist Party feels confident in its immunity as it violates its own Constitution.