The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has criticised the Chinese government for its opposition to the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, according to BBC.

He said the Chinese government did "not appreciate different opinions", and said that building an open society was "the only way to save all people of China", he told Japanese media.

Meanwhile, Mr Liu`s wife has apparently been placed under house arrest after he dedicated the award to the "martyrs" of Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Announcing the award on Friday, the Norwegian Nobel committee said Mr Liu was "the foremost symbol" of the human rights struggle in China.

But China reacted angrily to the decision to honour Mr Liu, calling him a criminal and protesting to Norway.

Beijing said relations with Norway, where the peace prize committee is based, could be under threat by the award. It summoned the Norwegian ambassador to hear a formal protest.