Nobel Peace Prize organizers say China and 18 other countries have declined to attend Friday's ceremony honoring Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee says embassy representatives
have said they won't attend Friday's ceremony, including from Russia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba.
China was infuriated when the committee decided to give the prestigious Prize to Liu, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence
for subversion after co-authoring an appeal calling for reforms to
China's one-party political system.
Chinese officials are calling Liu's supporters "clowns" in an anti-Chinese farce.