According to a press report, China’s Foreign Ministry has warned the United States that there would be “dire consequences” if it follows through on a vote in the U.S. Senate to name a plaza in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington after the pro-democracy dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo.
China views Liu as a criminal.
The report said that Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the move ran “contrary to the basic norms of international relations” and China was resolutely opposed to it.
“If the relevant bill is passed into law it will cause serious consequences. We demand the U.S. Senate stop promoting the bill and hope the U.S. executive authorities put an end to this political farce,” Hong told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.
Reuters.com reported that the Global Times, an influential Chinese state-run tabloid, said the naming scheme was “futile”.
The Global Times editorial reportedly said, “The U.S. has been at its wits’ end in dealing with China as it is reluctant to employ military threats or economic sanctions that may backfire. The only option for Washington seems to be petty actions that disturb China.”
The bill had been introduced by Senator Ted Cruz, a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The report also added that a White House spokesman has said President Barack Obama’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill and it was not an effective way to secure Liu’s release.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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