Ed Driscoll

Chinese Police Harass Nobel Peace Prize Winner's Wife

Now’s the time at Ed Driscoll.com when we juxtapose!

Reuters, today:

BEIJING — The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s wife Liu Xia was being forced to leave her home in Beijing by plainclothes police officers Friday, she told Reuters during a phone interview shortly after the prize was awarded.

The officers said they wanted to take Liu to the prison in Jinzhou in the northeastern province of Liaoning, where her husband Liu Xiaobo is being held in an apparent effort to prevent foreign reporters from speaking to her, she said.

“They are forcing me to leave Beijing,” said Liu as her brothers packed her bags with plainclothes police waiting for her outside.

“They want me to go to Liaoning to see Xiaobo. They want to distance me from the media,” she added.

Barack Obama on the campaign trail, August 2008:

Everybody’s watching what’s going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics. Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure. Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly the superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you’re starting to think, “Beijing looks like a pretty good option.”

Or, maybe it isn’t, unless you’re Obama or Thomas Friedman.

Update: On the other hand to give credit where it’s due, “Maybe the best moment of his presidency?”

(Concept H/T: SDA.)