Ambassador Huo exposed the evil character of Liu Xiaobo intending to disrupt China’s social order and incite subversion of the state power, and the vicious intention of the West to politicalize Noble Peace Prize to contain and obstruct China’s development to the Tunisian media. He pointed out that China is an independent sovereign country and ruled by law, everyone being equal before the law. China’s judicial institution convicted Liu Xiaobo in a reasonable and legitimate manner. The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarding the Peace Prize this year to a criminal who has violated Chinese law and is serving his sentence is gross interference into China’s judicial sovereignty and internal affairs, when the Prize should be granted “to people who promote national harmony and international friendship, boost disarmament and try to hold and call for peace conference.” The Committee’s action is serious deviation from the original intention of Mr. Nobel.
Mr. Huo pointed out that China’s stability and sustained development has laid a solid foundation for improving living standards of 1.3 billion Chinese people. Although the current human rights situation in China is not perfect, it is the best period in the Chinese history. Protecting human rights is the ultimate destination of China’s modernizing efforts. China is ready to have dialogue with other countries on human rights to develop mutually beneficial cooperative relations, but strongly opposed to pressurizing China with human rights. Being on a great path of national rejuvenation, China is committed to safeguarding world peace, stability and development, and promoting peaceful settlement of international disputes. Sovereign independence and territorial integrity, national unity and solidarity, socialism with Chinese characteristics and conditions and environment conducive to sustainable development are China’s three core interests that should not be infringed upon.
Mr. Huo also pointed out that there is no universally correct political and economic systems and development models in a world of diversity. China maintains every country should choose its political and economic system independently, as the attempt to homogenize the world is ridiculous and contrary to the spirit of democracy. Some Western countries, feeling superior, take a skeptical and even hostile attitude towards China’s rejuvenation and try everything possible to block China’s development and that will certainly fail, as China’s development is unstoppable.
Mr. Huo stressed, as China was once a victim of the West’s imperialist aggression and enslavement, the latter is ineligible to reprimand China. China is willing to develop friendly relations with all countries in the world but will firmly defend its core interests and is opposed to external political pressures. China’s retorting of the Western political pressure is only logical, as it is against the application of double-standards on the human right issue.
In replying questions concerning the relationship between the US-ROK joint military exercise and Liu’s award, situation of the Korean Peninsula and China’s human right, Mr. Huo said that the award was political pressure while the joint military exercise military pressure exerted by the Western countries on China. China is always committed to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula so as to create a peaceful and friendly environment for domestic development and promote world peace. China has made great achievements in economic development, human right protection and other areas, which deserve respect from the international community.
The journalists acclaimed the briefing as very successful and agreed to Mr. Huo’s view that the Western countries used Nobel Peace Prize to denounce the human right situation in China. They spoke highly of China’s achievements in improving people’s living standards and protecting human right, and expressed their understanding and support to China in safeguarding national interests and standing against the Western pressures. They wished China would make greater achievements on the road of modernization.