World Bulletin / News Desk
China has no reason to change the verdict against jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, the government said on Wednesday, as Liu's fellow laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived for her first visit to China.
Activists are putting pressure on Suu Kyi, who will be in China until Sunday, to make some reference to Liu's detention during her trip. Any mention of Liu would be bound to embarrass the ruling Communist Party.
Asked whether China would listen to any appeal by Suu Kyi to release Liu, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: "There is no reason to alter the judgement made in accordance with the law by China's judicial organs."
Liu was jailed for 11 years in 2009 on subversion charges for organising a petition urging an end to one-party rule. He won the Nobel Peace Prize the following year.
Suu Kyi is excluded from the presidency under a military-drafted constitution, but her power and influence will grow if the NLD performs as well as expected.
The China-Myanmar relationship has been strained this year as stray army shells from fighting between the Myanmar government and ethnic Chinese rebels killed at least five people in China's southwestern Yunnanprovince in March.
Suu Kyi became an international icon after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and spent most of the next two decades under house arrest, from where she continued to resist Myanmar's military rulers. She was freed in 2010.
Despite tight censorship, several Chinese Internet users managed to remind others of the similarities betweenSuu Kyi and Liu.
Several quoted her musings on living under an authoritarian government.
"And the answer has to be: democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights, is not 'given', it is earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice."Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2015, 12:34