The 2010 Nobel Prize for peace has been awarded to Chinas Liu Xiaobo, a criminal, convicted by Chinese judicial authorities for dissidence and attempting to spread insurgency. The decision to award him the Peace Prize is not only controversial, but runs contrary to the testament of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the century-old Nobel Peace Prize. Renowned Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895, as a mark of remorse for the destructive uses of his invention. According to hiswill, the Peace Prize should be awarded to person(s) who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. Keeping this in mind, Liu Xiaobo has neither strived for promoting fraternity between nations nor instituting peace. On the contrary, he has been found guilty of generating conflict, strife and unrest among the Chinese people. By awarding the prize to a convicted criminal, the Nobel Prize Committee has displayed contempt for the judicial system of a country like China, which has an ancient tradition of culture and civilisation, a flourishing economy, which is also striving to support the economy of the West that have fallen prey to their decadent practices and are facing the negative after-effects of an economic meltdown. Nevertheless, the Chinese judicial system must be respected since it has set high parameters of punishing the guilty. Some recent examples include the January 1995 execution of the Governor of Guizhous wife for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds to build a restaurant and massage parlour that catered to the handful of rich people that lived in the province. Between 2000 and 2005 at least 25 Chinese government officials were sentenced to death for accepting bribes or kickbacks. In March 2000, Hu Changqing, the former Deputy Governor of eastern Jianxi Province, was executed after being convicted for accepting bribes worth more than $600,000. He was the highest-ranking official ever sentenced to death for corruption. Then in August 2000, Cheng Kejie, a former Vice Chairman of the National Peoples Congress, was executed for taking $4.9 million in bribe for awarding government contracts and arranging real estate deals. In March 2005, Bi Yuxi, Beijings top highway administrator was sentenced to death for accepting $1.2 million in bribes and misspending $360,000 in public funds. In 2006, two China Construction Bank employees were put to death with a lethal injection for stealing almost $52 million from bank customers, who had been promised high interest rates on what turned out to be bogus accounts. Around the same time, Oil Executive Lin Ringxing was sentenced to death for embezzling $4 million at another China Construction Bank branch. In December 2007, Li Baojin, a former prosecutor in the northern city of Tianjin, was sentenced to death for taking bribes and embezzling funds worth $2.66 million, including $760,000 in bribes he took from seven businessmen between 1996 and 2006 when he was chief prosecutor and deputy police chief in Tianjin. In August 2009, Li Peiyang, the former head of the company that owns Beijing Airport, was executed after being convicted of bribery and embezzling $16 million. These are only some of the judicial decision, which merit appreciation, rather than being made a mockery of by rewarding criminals by the Nobel Prize Committee. Additionally, it must be noted that there appears to be a concerted effort to target China. Whether it is a case of jealousy towards its meteoric rise in economic progress or the stability it has displayed in tackling its myriad problems; whatever the reason, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize depicts the myopic vision of the West and a resolute bid to embarrass the Chinese government. In 1989, another dissident, Dalai Lama, who has been attempting to divide and subvert China, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. According to reports, this year other Chinese dissidents, such as Rebiya Kadeer and Hu Jia, were also nominated for the peace prize, which smacks of a conspiracy against China. Surely, there were genuine individuals in other parts of the world, who deserved to win the coveted prize for genuine contributions. In the past, some major contributors towards world peace, like Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr, were honoured by becoming Nobel laureates for Peace. By naming Liu Xiaobo for the same award, the august personalities named here and many other bonafide awardees have been degraded and their outstanding achievements and contributions been tarnished owing to the prism view of the current Nobel Peace Prize Committee. There have been some controversial awardees in the past too, besides the Dalai Lama. For instance, Mikhail Gorbachev, who contributed to the demise of the Soviet Union and Barack Obama, who accelerated military operations, killing and maiming thousands of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Nobel Peace Prize must not be made controversial by turning it into a political tool for targeting China. It should honour its founder Alfred Nobel by rewarding only those who have genuinely contributed to world peace. The writer is a political and defence analyst.