Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize as the award committee ignored warnings from China's government. The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday praised Liu's ``long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights'' and said China, as a growing economic and political power, needs to take more responsibility to protect the fundamental rights of its citizens. A bitter China has denounced the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo and says the decision will hurt relations with Norway. 'Liu Xiaobo is a criminal who has been sentenced by Chinese judicial departments for violating Chinese law,' The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. Awarding the peace prize to Liu 'runs completely counter to the principle of the prize and is also a blasphemy to the peace prize'.