China issued a stern warning to other nations that they would "take responsibility for the consequences" if they attend the ceremony.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will be the highest-ranking U.S. representative at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony Dec. 10 to honor Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad told Agence France-Presse that Pelosi had RSVP'd yes. "She will be the most prominent representative from the American side," he added.
President Obama was awarded the prize last year in Oslo. This year, the recipient won't be able to come collect his prize as Liu is imprisoned in China. Other Chinese dissidents plan to attend in support of Liu, and past Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity movement that brought down communism in Poland, offered to symbolically accept the prize.
Earlier this month, China issued a stern warning to other nations to not attend the ceremony. China, Cuba, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Russia are reported to have begged off the invitation. British Prime Minister David Cameron will be attending a business event in China at the time of the ceremony.
Ruh-roh. Wonder if this will color China's involvement in the Korean conflict.