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Dissident wins peace prize, China is enraged

UNDATED (AP) - Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (lee zhahw BOH'-ah) has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

The committee says he was awarded the prize for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights."

As expected, the Chinese government is enraged.

The Foreign Ministry calls Liu a criminal and says awarding him the peace prize "runs completely counter to the principle of the prize and is also a blasphemy to the peace prize." It says the award should have gone to promoting international friendship and disarmament.

China had warned the Nobel committee not to honor Liu, and says the decision will hurt relations with Norway.

Liu was a favorite with open support from winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and others.

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