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#China won't pay price for #LiuXiaobo @NobelPrize winner's death: supporters

#China won't pay price for #LiuXiaobo @NobelPrize winner's death: supporters

When China allowed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to die in police custody, it made a bet that world governments were more invested in improving trade ties than defending political dissidents. Even as Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on civil society, activists say, its trade partners have largely stepped down from their soap boxes. Lured by the prospect of doing business with the world's second largest economy and growing, many countries have toned down their criticism of Beijing's human rights violations, voicing their concerns behind closed doors if at all. "The Chinese government figured out 10 to 15 years ago that there was no real price to be paid," Human Rights Watch's China director Sophie Richardson said. "There was never going to be any greater consequence than public rhetoric." Shortly after Liu's death, Beijing's propaganda machine was already predicting the wor...

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