Saturday, October 13, 2012

China's Nobel Winners: Search Engine Results for Liu Xiaobo in 2010 vs. Mo Yan in 2012

On October 12, 2012, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Hong Lei had the following exchange with reporters at a press conference:
Question: What is China's view of Chinese author Mo Yan being awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature?
Answer: We express our congratulations to Mr. Mo Yan on his being awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature. Mr. Mo Yan was recently awarded Mao Dun Literature Award, and his literary achievements are obvious to all. The Chinese people have a long history and magnificent culture, and these are the common treasures of all humanity. We welcome friends from countries around the world to better understand China's culture and to appreciate the charms of China's outstanding literature.
Question: Is there any possibility that, two years after Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Sino-Norway relations may soon take a turn for the better? Has China communicated with the Norwegian Nobel Committee about the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize?
Answer: Two years ago, the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision severely interfered with China's internal governance and judicial sovereignty, so of course China resolutely objected. Regarding problems with Sino-Norway relations, they are caused by the Noregian government's support of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's incorrect decision. The person who tied everything up in a knot is responsible for getting it untied, and Norway should do everything it can to restore and advance the two nations' relationship.  
These screenshots show the following search results:

Left: October 12, 2010, "Liu Xiaobo Nobel Peace Prize" (刘晓波 获诺贝尔和平奖)

  • Baidu: No results. Censorship notice.
  • Sogou:  No results. Censorship notice.
  • Soso: No results. 

Right: October 13, 2012, "Mo Yan Nobel Literature Prize" (莫言 诺贝尔文学奖)

  • Baidu: Over 1 million results.
  • Sogou: Almost 70 thousand results.
  • Soso: Over 3 million results.

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