Chinese media slams U.S. proposal to honor jailed Nobel laureate Liu

AP

A Chinese nationalist newspaper says American politicians are resorting to petty actions after the Senate approved a bill to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after an imprisoned Chinese political dissident.

The Communist Party-controlled Global Times on Sunday called the move provocative and says it is intended to outrage Beijing, although China would not consider it a big deal.

Senate Bill 2451, as proposed by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, wants to rename the plaza after Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate serving an 11-year sentence on the charge of inciting state subversion.

The bill still needs to clear the House of Representatives and must be signed by the American president before it can become a law.