Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. China News .




SINO DAILY
Washington moves toward 'Liu Xiaobo' street, defying China
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) June 18, 2014


A street outside China's embassy in Washington moved a step closer to being renamed after jailed democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo on Wednesday, despite angry warnings from Beijing.

The head of the US capital's council introduced a resolution to give the city's blessing to calls by lawmakers and activists to rechristen the street after the Nobel laureate in hopes of freeing him.

But Phil Mendelson's resolution said that the federal and not the local government had jurisdiction over International Place, where China and several other nations have built embassies.

He called for a vote by the US Congress, where the proposal enjoys support across party lines.

The resolution, which would still come up for a vote by the city council, credited a 1984 decision to rename the street outside the Soviet embassy after Andrei Sakharov with helping to win freedom of movement for the then-confined dissident.

Similar action in support of Liu "would send a clear and powerful message that the United States remains vigilant and resolute in its commitment to safeguard human rights around the globe, particularly at a time when the world community remembers the events of Tiananmen Square 25 years ago this month," the draft resolution said, referring to the deadly crackdown on pro-democracy student demonstrations.

- Provocative or symbolic? -

Liu was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years in prison on subversion charges after he spearheaded Charter 08, a bold petition for democratic reforms in communist China.

Liu won the Nobel Peace Prize a year later, leading China to censor any mention of the award and to put his wife under house arrest.

After US lawmakers proposed the street renaming several weeks ago, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman warned it would be a "provocative action" and called Liu "a man who has violated Chinese laws."

David Keyes, executive director of the group Advancing Human Rights, said that he began pushing for the street move after a lunch discussion with Russian chess grandmaster and activist Garry Kasparov.

Keyes said he was moved by a story of the Soviet Union's last leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who said that he heard so frequently on foreign visits about Natan Sharansky that he decided the price was too high to keep the activist in prison.

Renaming the street after Liu "would raise the price on China for imprisoning dissidents and democracy advocates like Liu Xiaobo," Keyes told AFP.

"It's symbolic and it may seem small, but if we can remind every Chinese diplomat around the world about the cost of their tyranny and if we can give hope to dissidents throughout China's prisons, I think it can play a significant role in pressuring China to release political prisoners and open up," he said.

The decision by Mendelson to refer the issue to the US Congress highlights the unusual relationship between Washington and the federal government, which does not give the capital full democratic representation.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, has joined both Republicans and fellow Democrats in supporting the renaming of the street for Liu.

Norton in a statement said that the new name would allow Washington to point out "the hypocrisy of those in Congress who do not apply the same democratic goals to our own nation's capital that they demand of China."

.


Related Links
China News from SinoDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SINO DAILY
China official probed for 'disciplinary violations': media
Beijing (AFP) June 14, 2014
A vice chairman of a top political body has come under investigation for "disciplinary violations", state media reported on Saturday, as authorities pursue a high-profile crackdown on official corruption. Su Rong "is being probed for suspected disciplinary violations", the official news agency Xinhua said, citing the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Di ... read more


SINO DAILY
China to start direct yuan trade with British pound

China, Britain sign trade deals worth 14 bn pounds

China rejects shipping alliance between European firms

Alibaba lifts veil on 'partnership' ahead of US IPO

SINO DAILY
India authority orders Coke plant closed

Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops

Palmer amaranth threatens Midwest farm economy

Famine fear won't sway minds on GM crops

SINO DAILY
Chinese VP lauds better ties with African workers

Nearly 4,000 Eritreans flee each month: UN

Chinese VP in Zambia to boost ties with Africa's copper giant

Two years jail for Togolese ivory smuggler 'Le Patron'

SINO DAILY
Global automakers split on 'green car' strategy

Tesla gives up patents to 'open source movement'

European taxis cause chaos in app protest

Elon Musk: 'We could definitely make a flying car'

SINO DAILY
Japan minister apologises for Fukushima money gaffe

Nuclear waste dump plan on Aboriginal land abandoned

AREVA awarded a contract to provide services for Kozloduy 5 and 6 VVER nuclear reactors

AREVA to provide additional modernization services for Gosgen Facility in Switzerland

SINO DAILY
Guarding against 'Carmageddon' cyberattacks

Chinese military linked to seven years of hacking US aerospace industry

Cyber chaos: How cybercrime has attacked the world economy

New collaboration to strengthen cyber-security

SINO DAILY
Philippine boat police anger China in fishing fight

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets Chinese premier

China builds school on disputed South China Sea island: media

US aircraft carrier welcomes PLA aboard, seeks return invite

SINO DAILY
Massachusetts to host sixth U.S. lease for offshore wind energy

London signs off on 240-turbine offshore wind farm

Scotland attracts more investments to renewable energy sector

Wind turbine payback as fast as 8 months




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.