The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident, who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence on subversion charges. He has spent two decades advocating for peaceful political change, civil liberties and judicial independence. The Chinese Communist government immediately blacked out news of the award, calling the decision a “desecration” of the peace prize.
Could this award make a difference, if not with the Chinese government, then for other nations in their dealings with China? What effects might we see within China; for example, could the international attention be used to hurt the dissident movement?