The World From Berlin 'China's Thin Veneer Is Cracked'

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo drew a harsh sentence for his crusade for political freedom. His punishment -- 11 years in prison for "subversion" -- is likely to tarnish China's international image. The German government has expressed dismayed and anger over the verdict and newspaper commentators feel the same way.
A pro-democracy protester in Hong Kong holds a placard with a picture of Liu Xiaobo. China's most prominent dissident was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.

A pro-democracy protester in Hong Kong holds a placard with a picture of Liu Xiaobo. China's most prominent dissident was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.

Foto: TYRONE SIU/ REUTERS
-- Andrew Curry
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