China's Jailed Nobel Winner Now Gets Better Food

(Source: AP) China said Tuesday that trying to change its political system by awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned dissident was a mistake and accused other countries of using the award to attack the country. China has canceled a second meeting with a visiting Norwegian minister, leading her to scrap the Beijing leg of her trip to China, Norwegian officials said Tuesday. "We regret that his meeting has been canceled," Norwegian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Raghnild Imerslund said. Imerslund said the Chinese didn't say whether their decision was related to the Nobel Peace Prize, which is handed out by a committee that is independent of the Norwegian government. "If that is the case, we believe that this is an unnecessary reaction," Imerslund said. Meanwhile, prison authorities began giving Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo better food, his wife, Liu Xia, said in a rare phone interview with The Associated Press. She said authorities will not allow her to meet with friends or journalists, and police accompany her whenever she leaves her home. Liu Xia said her husband's brother told her that the prison began serving him individually prepared food with rice on Monday rather than a portion of food cooked in a large pot for many prisoners, which is usually of poor quality. There was no immediate indication that any other prison conditions for Liu had improved. In naming him on Friday, the Norwegian-based Nobel committee honored Liu's more than two decades of advocacy of human rights and peaceful democratic change - from demonstrations for democracy at Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 to a manifesto for political reform that he co-authored in 2008 and which led to his latest prison term. The 54-year-old literary critic is in the second year of an 11-year prison term after being convicted of inciting subversion.
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