Those countries are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iraq , Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco.
In realty this is the sad list of countries .Many of them are US allies and others antagonists.
Fear of Honoring a Chinese dissident has become so great that these countries many with not so free societies have joined China in not attending the Nobel ceremonies.
China makes many countries aware of its policies by brow beating all nations on the policies which may just irritate it.Its state capitalism has served the poorest masses to a degree by help from USA and its free enterprise(marginal)system.Now this economic power instead of humbling the nation has made it more arrogant and belligerent in relations with its neighbors and its own minorities.
The worlds freedom loving people should also make it a point to challenge Chinese hegemony and expose their behavior. Every time they put pressure, forces of freedom should counter pressure so that the weak may not feel isolated.
It is clear that Liu Xiaobo will not be allowed to attend the Nobel peace prize ceremonies.His wife and other relatives are also being detained in order to prevent them from attending the ceremonies.
CONGRATULATIONS LIU XIAOBO Nobel peace prize WINNER FROM CHINA.