Sweden pokes sleeping panda China, presumably with piece 87a from the Hëpövukävarklësch end table set

Sweden has given a freedom of the press type prize to a jailed Swedish/Chinese author and China is getting all riled up about it. China is really just leaning in to this totalitarian dystopia thing, isn’t it?

Sweden’s culture minister on Friday awarded the annual Tucholsky literary prize to a Chinese author despite a threat from the Chinese ambassador to ban her from entering the country.

Author Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swede and co-owner of a Hong Kong store that sold gossipy books about Chinese leaders, was detained by police in eastern China in 2018 while in the company of two Swedish diplomats with whom he was traveling to Beijing.

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