China has gone too far in the debacle surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize award. ++ By throwing its weight around, Beijing coerced sixteen countries into boycotting the ceremony. ++ Considering its recent economic success, China is entitled to act more confidently on the world stage – but recent actions are those of a bully. ++ Unfortunately, the US Congress is shying away from its duty to stand up to human rights abuses in the country. ++ The United States needs to respect China but it does not need to respect its repressive methods.