The Associated Press reports:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressed solidarity with China’s government Sunday over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed Chinese dissident.
He suggested the prize should not have gone to Liu Xiaobo, who has drawn praise from Western governments as an advocate of gradual political change without any violent confrontation with Chinese leaders.
“This (Liu) is like Obama, the other peace prize,” Chavez said.
The Venezuelan leader criticized last year’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama, saying the U.S. president didn’t deserve the honor because his administration continues to engage in wars.
Speaking in his weekly radio and television program, Chavez scoffed at his Venezuelan political opponents who praised the giving of the peace prize to Liu.
Chavez said the opposition’s support for the prize showed that “they are lackeys” of the West. “They are worse than the Yankees.”
“Our greetings and solidarity go to the government of the People’s Republic of China,” Chavez said, adding: “Viva China! And its sovereignty, its independence and its greatness.”
By siding with the Chinese government on this, Chavez unsurprisingly lines up with his admirer and fellow PRC apologist Andy Newman at Socialist Unity.
Do Chavez and Newman also side with the Chinese government and the U.S.-China Business Council– including Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Ford, GM, Wal-Mart, Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, J.P. Morgan Chase, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Boeing– in opposing a union-backed bill in Congress to put tariffs on Chinese imports if China continues artificially to depress the value of its currency, thereby maintaining the very unlevel playing field in international trade?
I think we should be told.
(Hat tip: mesquito)