Liu Xiaobo, 61, was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for “inciting subversion of state power” after he helped write a petition calling for political reform.
The death of Liu Xiaobo is both an occasion to mourn a man who fought for democracy and one to think about the nature of protest and dissent.
A state-run newspaper attacked Liu Xiaobo as a “despised” criminal out of step with society in China.
A hero to many in the West, Liu was branded a traitor by Chinese nationalists and the Chinese government considered him a criminal.
Liu Xiaobo had suffered multiple organ failure resulting from late-stage liver cancer and efforts to save him had failed.
A growing number of Western politicians and activists have expressed concern about the current quality of Liu’s treatment.
Norwegian foreign minister Boerge Brende said the two countries would immediately resume negotiations on a free-trade deal.