China Slams World Leaders' Renewed Calls for Liu Xiaobo's Release

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China lashed out at fresh calls to free top dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week. The US has also called on China to ease restrictions on Mr. Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia.

The wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was still under house arrest in Beijing Tuesday, as the government lashed out again against the fact that Mr. Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week. US embassy spokesman Richard Buangan urged the authorities to lift the restrictions on Mr. Liu's wife Liu Xia, saying "her rights should be respected and she should be allowed to move freely without harassment."

That follows President Obama's call for the release of Liu, who is currently serving an 11-year sentence for "incitement to subversion" because of his role in authoring a pro-democracy petition.

Such calls have irked a Beijing already on the defensive over the award.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu Tuesday attacked "politicians in some countries" who he said had shown "disrespect for China's judicial system" that "puts a big question mark on their true intentions." Official Chinese media have expressed shock that a man the authorities have branded a criminal should be awarded the globally respected Nobel prize. "We oppose anyone using this matter to stir up a fuss and oppose anyone interfering in China's internal affairs," said Mr. …