Predictably, China’s anti-Nobel tantrum backfiring in the west

But this campaign has taken a toll on China’s efforts to win foreign friends by projecting a more mild image of the country through foreign aid, investment, media and educational exchanges…

“In the past, the West didn’t have a consensus on China. But this affair, this Nobel prize, has created one because it is linked with the West’s core values,” said Li, who was disbarred after pursuing human rights cases…

China’s “very public tantrum has generated even more critical attention inside and outside China and, ironically, emphasized the significance of Liu Xiaobo’s message of respect for human rights,” Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, said in a statement Thursday.