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In Defence of Liu Xiaobo

In “Advocate of ‘Humanitarian Imperialism’ ” (EPW, 18 December 2010) Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese human rights defender and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate is depicted as “a classic comprador intellectual” suffering from “one-sidedness” and “myopia of the brand of human rights discourse that he has picked up from his imperialist masters”.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square massacre, one would have expected a more critical sense and scientific rigour. The clichés presented to the reader reflect a profound misunderstanding of the case of Liu Xiaobo, as also an ignorance of the complexity of the current Chinese political situation.

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