December 9, 2010 / 1:28 PM / 9 years ago

"Universal values" behind Liu's prize: Nobel chief

OSLO (Reuters) - The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is based on universal human rights and is not an attempt to enforce “Western” values on China, the panel’s chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said on Thursday.

“This is not a protest, it is a signal to China that it would be very important for China’s future to combine economic development with political reforms and support for those in China fighting for basic human rights,” he told a news conference.

“This prize conveys the understanding that these are universal rights and universal values, they are not Western standards,” Jagland added.

Reporting by Oslo newsroom

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