Hvad kommer Nobels Fredspris til at betyde? For at besvare det spÃ¸rgsmÃ¥l, skal man se pÃ¥, hvordan nyheden er blevet modtaget blandt de grupper, der har interesse i den – udlandet, partiledere, aktivister og sÃ¥ videre, som Jerome A. Cohen skriver i artiklen pÃ¥ US Asia Law Institute.
Jerome Cohen er en af de mest betydningsfulde sinologer, der begyndte sin karriere i Hong Kong i 1960erne, hvor han interviewede flygtninge fra Kina. Han har vÃ¦ret rÃ¥dgiver for amerikanske prÃ¦sidenter og vÃ¦ret juridisk konsulent for den kinesiske regering, hvor han har vÃ¦ret med til at forme de juridiske reformer og landets lovgivning.
LÃ¦s hele artiklen. Men her her fÃ¥r du lige hans konklusion:
It is difficult to evaluate the impact of the Prize on the hundreds of millions of Chinese who, because of Party-government controls over the media and internet, never before heard of Liu and Charter â€™08. Due to this weekâ€™s massive campaign to conceal news of the award from the public, probably most still remain uninformed. Moreover, the regime seems poised to turn a vice into a virtue by gradually releasing the news only after imposing its own interpretation, as much as possible, upon it. The Prize has already been called an â€œinsultâ€ that is the latest imperialist scheme to humiliate the Chinese people by repudiating their values and achievements.
It is easiest, to be sure, to see the impact of the Prize on the outside world. Political leaders and public opinion in all democratic countries overwhelmingly endorse the choice. Even Taiwanâ€™s President Ma Ying-jeou, who has been pursuing an historic reconciliation between Taiwan and the Peopleâ€™s Republic, nevertheless requested Liuâ€™s immediate release. An impressive international consensus supports the principle expressed by the Nobel committeeâ€™s chairman: â€œWe have a responsibility to speak when others are unable to speakâ€.