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China: ‘Serious’ fallout if Washington plaza is renamed for jailed dissident
BEIJING — China warned the United States on Tuesday that it will face “serious consequences” if it renames a stretch of street in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after a jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
On Friday, the U.S. Senate unanimously backed a proposal introduced by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to rename the plaza in front of the embassy after Liu Xiaobo, who was jailed for 11 years in 2009 on charges of inciting state subversion.
Liu had organized a petition in 2008 calling for an end to one-party rule. His wife, Liu Xia, has been placed under house arrest.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the proposal ran “contrary to the basic norms of international relations.”
“If the relevant bill is passed into law, it will cause serious consequences,” Hong told a daily news conference.
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