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Washington moves towards 'Liu Xiaobo' street, defying China

Published on Jun 19, 2014 6:53 AM
Former Chinese dissident leader Wu'er Kaixi (right) and activists hold a banner and a poster of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, as they march during a rally in Tokyo on June 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A street outside China’s embassy in Washington moved a step closer to being renamed after jailed democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo on Wednesday, despite angry warnings from Beijing.

The head of the US capital’s council introduced a resolution to give the city’s blessing to calls by lawmakers and activists to rechristen the street after the Nobel laureate in hopes of freeing him.

But Phil Mendelson’s resolution said that the federal and not the local government had jurisdiction over International Place, where China and several other nations have built embassies.

He called for a vote by the US Congress, where the proposal enjoys support across party lines.

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