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China’s alternative Nobel

Beijing awards Confucius peace prize on eve of Nobel ceremony


A Chinese group will hand out the Confucius peace prize tomorrow — a day ahead of the Nobel ceremony in Oslo — in a bid to push back against the Nobel Committee and its decision to award the jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is currently serving an 11-year sentence for incitement to subversion. The group argues that China “should have a greater voice on world peace” because it has over 1 billion citizens, while Norway is small and the Norwegian committee “could be inevitably biased and fallacious”. So instead, they will give the award to a Taiwanese politician Lien Chan who has “built a bridge of peace between the mainland and Taiwan”. This alternative Nobel is the latest in China’s furor over the decision to honour Xiaobo. So far, eighteen other countries have said they will not attend Friday’s Nobel ceremony after China put pressure on diplomats in Oslo not to attend and said there would be “consequences” if they did so.

The Guardian

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China’s alternative Nobel

  1. One of the 18 countries showing "solidarity "with China is Afghanistan. I wonder if our government has an opinion about this.

  2. Hmm, I do wonder what Confucius would think of his name being used in such a blatantly political manner?

    "The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions." – Confucius

    "When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves." – Confucius

    "When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of." – Confucius

    (Source: Wikiquotes)