Net Nanny: China Experts, China Experts, China Experts

[Update/Notice: Mr. Heffermehl's position in short can be found in comment #1, next to this post. The following paragraphs mereley reflect Nanny's views -- October 24,  JR.]

Net Nanny: Experts are the Solution

Net Nanny: Experts are the Solution

Comrades:

today, I want to commend Fredrik S. Heffermehl. He is a westerner (Norwegian) who really understands China. I understand that Mr Heffermehl researched the decisions of the Peace Nobel Prize carefully and comes to the conclusion that —-

[Note/Update: This paragraph as follows  must not be attributed to Mr Heffermehl, but to the China Daily article it links to. Mr Heffermehl didn't refer to Liu Xiaobo as a "criminal", and didn't go into any detail about him - he has no issues with this year's nobel laureate, but with the Nobel Committee's nomination processes and criteria. For more details, see comments underneath - JR]
—- to award Liu the peace prize is inappropriate. Liu advocates that “China should be a colony for another three centuries” and “China should be divided into eighteen nations.” He is by no means the “peace champion” in Nobel’s will, but rather a criminal who has long been instigating subversion of state power.

Besides, the Committee is full of politicians! This politicization of the Committee, is, of course, very dangerous. This is my suggestion for your review and adherence, Comrades: make contact with the Norwegian government and tell them what will happen if they continue to disbehave, and if they keep trying that excuse that the Nobel Committee would be “independent”. To be constructive, you should also let them know what they can do to make the committee more useful.

The answer to this latter question has, of course, been answered by our correct leadership before. As Comrade Jiabao said on the Sixth China-EU Business Summit in Brussels on October 6:

China is a friend indeed and I believe the entrepreneurs here all know it (在座的企业家心里很清楚,中国够朋友).

Dear Comrades, as all of us who unvaveringly uphold the banner of socialist democracy for another century, as Comrade Deng Xiaoping stipulated, and the Three Represents of Chairman Jiang Zemin, too, that stipulate that politics and entrepreneurship are inseparable (in China, that is) know very well, Comrade Jiabao has recently made statements that are unnecessarily ambiguous. But in his speech in Brussels, he said something very important! Western entrepreneurs all know the truth, that China is a true friend. Provided that they have invested substantially in our righteous country, or depend on business with us in whichever way, they will understand very clearly what a dangerous criminal Liu Xiaobo is!

In short, entrepreneurs who understand China must be appointed to the Nobel Peace Committee. It would be good for Norway, and save them a lot of trouble.

People like Mr Heffermehl and, in this case, comrade Jiabao, too, have shown the Nobel Peace Committee the way already. Experts must become members of the Commission. In every case which involves China, this will require China experts, China experts, China experts.

Bring it home to those barbarian Vikings. I’m awaiting your status report (by red head mail) before the end of next week.

Shikezhunbeizhe!

Net Nanny

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Related
China’s Primacy of Politics, July 3, 2010

Note
This post reflects the picture of Mr Heffermehl as it comes across through Chinese media. It doesn’t intend to suggest that his actual criticism and recommendations would necessarily be invalid.

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7 Comments to “Net Nanny: China Experts, China Experts, China Experts”

  1. Sorry, I have to protest: the words attributed to me in the above commentary have no basis in the interview with me that Xinhua transmitted on Oct. 13 or in anything I have said or written at any time, anywhere. Xinhua fairly included a remark on “due respect to Liu Xiabong”. My view is that a country is well served by a broad participation of the population in an open exchange of opinions, opening up to new ideas and improvements – and also avoiding pitfalls and mistakes where some can point out that the massive majority is wrong. Dissenters serve an important function.
    Xinhua fairly reports that my latest book, “The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel really wanted” shows how the Nobel committee breaks the law and how we all lose by their failure of will and courage to confront the greatest force in international affairs, the military-industrial complex. I said in the Xinhua interview: “The best the committee could do for human rights, democracy, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection would be to wholeheartedly defend the work that the Nobel would support, for deep change in international relations and abolition of national military forces.” I am glad that this statement was relayed to the world and hope it will be understood by as many as possible.
    A dismantling of the international war machine could mean an enormous lot to improve the plight of people all over the world who today are starving, without proper housing, water, education, health care. The world must stop feeding the military with 4-5 times the money it would cost to feed and give a decent life to all citizens of the globe. Fredrik S. Heffermehl

  2. Dear Mr Heffermehl,

    thank you for stating your position. As I knew that your criticism of the nomination process goes much further back than this year’s discussion, I wrote the note underneath this post. The post is the way I read a China Daily article, especially its fifth paragraph.

    I’ll add another note at the beginning of this post to make sure that this won’t be misread.

  3. Heffermehl is a —– professor, —- — —– —- — — —— – —— ——–!

    Edited – see commenting rulesJR

  4. Just for the record:
    I am generally happy with how Xinhua/China Daily rendered my views, in particular the explicit clarification that Nobel wished the winners to be people working for disarmament throught the strengthening of international law and organizations. But please note that the following sentence is NOT part of my comment (it follows immediately after what I said and I have no problem in seeing that it could be misunderstood as coming from me): “Liu advocates that “China should be a colony for another three centuries” and “China should be divided into eighteen nations.” He is by no means the “peace champion” in Nobel’s will, but rather a criminal who has long been instigating subversion of state power.” Fredrik S. Heffermehl, author of “The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel really wanted” (Praeger 2010)

  5. I understand that – while I differ. I might have issues with the Nobel Committee myself if I were Norwegian, although I do think of Liu Xiaobo as a man of peace, and am very glad that he is this year’s laureate.

    Can you think of a Chinese person who would actually qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize, in accordance with the standards you are pointing out?

  6. I should be very happy if the original text, still appearing on the Internet with the wrong and quite embarassing statement attributed to me would be corrected. The way the comment itself is still stated, it will leave a wrong impression with everyone who does not check the comments. So please correct, since
    only “he is no “champion of peace”” is uttered by me. (the following sentence is NOT part of my comment (it follows immediately after what I said and I have no problem in seeing that it could be misunderstood as coming from me): “Liu advocates that “China should be a colony for another three centuries” and “China should be divided into eighteen nations.” *He is by no means the “peace champion”* in Nobel’s will, but rather a criminal who has long been instigating subversion of state power. Best greetings, Fredrik S. Heffermehl

  7. Done, within the paragraph in question.
    Best greetings across the North Sea, JR

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