Date
23 September 2017
China says efforts to rename a stretch of street outside its embassy in Washington after dissident Liu Xiaobo (insert) are a farce. Photo: AFP, sina.com.hk
China says efforts to rename a stretch of street outside its embassy in Washington after dissident Liu Xiaobo (insert) are a farce. Photo: AFP, sina.com.hk

US drive to name Chinese embassy street after dissident

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if it involves the Chinese Embassy in the United States and a piece of federal legislation to name part of a street after imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the US House Appropriations Committee has approved a legislative amendment to rename the section of the street in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington to Liu Xiaobo Plaza.

The embassy’s present address is 3505 International Place, NW, the report said. 

“For purposes of US Postal code, the embassy’s address would change to No. 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza so that every piece of incoming mail to the embassy would bear the name of the imprisoned Nobel laureate,” Congressman Frank Wolf said.

“Renaming the street would send a clear and powerful message that the United States remains vigilant and resolute in its commitment to safeguard human rights around the globe.”

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the move as a complete farce and said Liu is a criminal who broke the law, according to the New York Times report.

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