“China brooks no interference in its internal judicial affairs… China has no dissidents.”
— Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu
Said at a press conference today in which the Foreign Ministry responded to U.S. and E.U.’s statements on the 11-year prison sentence of Liu Xiaobo, who was charged with subversion after promoting Charter 08, a manifesto calling China to become a democracy. “We believe he should not have been sentenced in the first place and should be released immediately,” said U.S. ambassador Jon Huntsman. The E.U. delegation echoed that, stating that the verdict against LIu is “entirely incompatible with his right to freedom of expression.” China, quite clearly, disagreed.