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Friday, December 10, 2021

What if they gave away a peace prize, but nobody showed up? That’s the case with the newly-minted Confucius Peace Prize, China’s unilateral answer to Nobel:

“Are you asking about the peace prize thing?” [inaugural winner Lien Chan's] office director said in exasperation when reached by phone. “Regarding this event, our answer is ‘no comment,’ because we know nothing about it. Nobody has ever contacted us on this issue, and we only have secondhand information from journalists.”

So went the attempt by a group of patriotic Chinese to steal the thunder of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which in Oslo on Friday will bestow this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and its promise of $1.5 million on a Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year sentence for writings demanding political reform, human rights guarantees and an independent judicial system.

This episode hardly strengthens the ol’ “Made In China” brand. On the bright (or not) side, it does make the Chinese Ministry of Culture a front-runner to win next year’s Ig Nobel Prize in politics.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 12/10/2021 08:56am
Category: Political
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  1. Before we get all lathered up here, we had better make the odious comparison between China and the U.S. as to “freedom of speech” and such efforts to obtain and keep the rights of citizens vis a vis the persecution of overpowering governments. There Liu Xiaobo, and there’s Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

    Comment by PTEC — 12/11/2021 @ 1:19 AM

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