A Chinese nationalist newspaper says American politicians are resorting to petty actions following a unanimous bill approval by the Senate to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace laureate serving an 11-year sentence on the conviction of inciting state subversion. The Communist Party-controlled Global Times called the move provocative and said it is intended to outrage Beijing, although China would not consider it a big deal. “The U.S. has been at its wits’ end in dealing with China as it is reluctant to employ military threats or economic sanctions that may backfire,” the newspaper wrote. “The only option for Washington seems to be petty actions that disturb China.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.
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