BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese professor on Thursday lambasted the Nobel Committee's decision to grant this year's Nobel Peace prize to Liu Xiaobo, saying it was part of an endeavor by western powers to push their version of democracy onto China by awarding the prize to a prisoner convicted by a court of justice in China.
Song Yubo, a professor of political science at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, said the once prestigious prize has degenerated into a political tool and was being "manipulated" by some Western powers.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the decision to give this year's Peace prize to Liu on Oct. 8. China responded by saying that awarding the Nobel Peace prize to China's Liu desecrated the award and could harm China-Norway ties.
Some overseas media and western politicians were calling Liu a "human rights fighter" as they sought to tarnish the reputation of the Chinese government, said the professor.
Song said that "western countries have realized that it is not practical to hard-sell their values to the Chinese government, so they have started making trouble through other means. Awarding Liu the Nobel Peace prize not only devalues Nobel but also undermines China' s system of justice. "
"Once the information (that Liu won the Nobel Peace Prize) was made public and it became widespread, it turned misleading because now some people might distort the fact (that Liu committed a crime) and trust what the western media have said," he said.
"By upholding the banner of human rights, what the Western World advocates as democracy cannot be adapted to the actual conditions of each and every country."
Given the Nobel Prize's massive influence worldwide and huge popularity in China, awarding the prize to Liu offers a perfect chance to promote their political models and their version of democracy in China, he said.
However, this year's Nobel Peace prize will have "no tangible impact" on the Chinese government, Song said without elaborating.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday blasted the award as showing "no respect for China's judicial system," and said that Beijing questioned the "true intention" behind the decision.
On Dec. 25, 2009, Liu was sentenced to 11 years in prison and was deprived of political rights for two years on charges of fomenting acts of agitation aimed at subverting the government.
The Higher People's Court of Beijing Municipality rejected Liu's appeal and upheld its initial sentence on Feb. 11 this year.