Nobel Peace Prize: Views from China

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

There were two standing ovations at the ceremony in Oslo for Mr Liu, who was represented only by an empty chair.

China has been angered by the award and has waged a campaign in recent weeks to discredit it.

Below is a selection of comments on the decision from BBC News website users in China.

A political choice judged by the West

The Nobel prize is about politics and today they are directed at China. Here we go again, Western political games. The Nobel prize is nothing to do with peace. It's more about politics. Lee Ai Guo, China

A protester holds an image of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo outside of the Chinese Embassy in Oslo December 9, 2010 Liu Xiaobo was a key figure in the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989

There are more mature and wiser ways to make people to do things and change, likewise to give the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo in another couple years time perhaps. There are quite a few people who deserved the Nobel Peace Prize, even President Obama got one. Let's promote peace and not to stir up tensions and resentments. Alice Chan, Hong Kong

Being a Chinese citizen, I am so disappointed about the choice of Liu Xiaobo to be the Nobel Peace Prize winner. In China most of the people do not know about Liu Xiaobo. I was wondering why the Nobel committee should choose a person that the local people are not familiar with.

I think that every country has its own trouble. We admit China is not a perfect country. The Western countries use their rules to judge others. This is not fair. We have our own sense of worth. Michael, Wuhan City

An encouragement to greater democracy

As an ordinary Chinese citizen, I am glad to see Mr Liu will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Our country should be a democratic republic. Only when basic human rights are respected, will China be a really civilised country. S Yang, China

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Economic might does not equate to freedom, liberty and human rights. China is a great country that needs to recognise the diversity of its thinkers. David Brook, Hong Kong

It is sad to see a country, which is growing at such a tremendous pace, being so unwilling to keep the promise of promoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which we all know is a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. As a Chinese citizen I would love to see my motherland flourish. This cannot be done with media control, information restriction and locking up activists. JL Wong, Hong Kong

While only a few people have ever heard of his name, Liu Xiaobo has given his energies and life for the last two decades to the people in this broken society. Much of his effort can never be acknowledged here in China. There are many people unknown to the public who share the same experiences, devote everything they have for a more open and democratic society without asking anything back. Lei Wang, Hangzhou

There are rumours that restaurants and bars are not allowed to accept reservations of over six people so as to reduce the risk of a celebration party. In local media this event doesn't seem to be being covered. M, Beijing

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