Nobel Prize winners say China tried to ‘bully’ scientists into disinviting Dalai Lama from meeting

WASHINGTON — More than 100 Nobel laureates are expressing outrage over what they say was an attempt by the Chinese government to “bully the scientific community” earlier this year by seeking to censor two Nobel laureates during the Nobel Prize Summit in April held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Nobel Foundation.

They say the Chinese Embassy in Washington demanded that the summit disinvite two speakers, the Dalai Lama and the Taiwanese chemist Yuan T. Lee — both Nobel Prize winners who have criticized Chinese policy regarding their native lands.

After they rejected the Chinese demands, the Nobel laureates allege, a video transmission during the session was disrupted “by a presumed cyberattack,” though they are not able to attribute it to China.

Read the full report here.