Confucius Peace Prize winner Lien Chan
Hey remember that shanzhai peace prize China gave out about a month ago? Well it looks like they’re doing it for real this time. China now has its own official version of a peace prize, the Confucius Peace Prize, and they’re handing it out tomorrow, just one day before those pasty-faced Northern Europeans give out that other prize.
First suggested in a Global Times editorial last month, the Confucius Peace Prize will be chosen (wait, what? it already was chosen??) by a committee of 8 people, led by Tan Changliu. They claim to be a non-governmental organization, but hold close ties to the Ministry of Culture.
Observers have been quick to point that this actually isn’t the first time a country angered over the Nobel Peace prize has responded with its own version.
The committee has wasted no time in getting the word out, and there’s no shortage of mawkish rhetoric. The award promises to promote the spirit of Confucius, namely, “harmony is precious.” From the Confucius Prize Jury Announcement (via a forum translation):
China is a symbol of peace, meanwhile it owns the absolute power to uphold peace. With over 1 billion people, it should have a greater voice on the issue of world peace. In essence, Norway is only a small country with scarce land area and population, but it must be in the minority in terms of other relatively large numbers concerning the conception of freedom and democracy…
Committee leader Tan also had this to say about Europe in general:
“Europe is full of small countries that had fought each other for centuries,” he added. “We don’t want to see people who don’t understand peace to ruin the concept.”
I’m sorry, who’s been fighting their neighbors for centuries?
In order to get on the short list, nominees for the Confucius Prize must meet the following conditions:
1、Contributors who are peace-loving and have made peak devotion to the peace of mankind in a peaceful way.
2、 Those who engage in the peaceful career with superior peaceful thoughts and have continuous influence on the people in the world.
3、Those who can extensively suppress the actions of non-peace and produce a deep influence.
4、Those who can be immortal in the history and eliminate wars with great intelligence.
5、Contributors who dedicate to the permanent peace of human in various forms of significance.
The people topping the peace list for peacefully suppressing non-peace while thinking about peace are: the Panchen Lama (the government-approved one, not the one that went missing), philanthropist Bill Gates, former Taiwan vice president Lien Chan, Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela, Chinese poet Qiao Damo, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
And the winner is… Lian Zhen! Former Taiwanese vice president, for his work in improving cross-Strait relations. When asked about the prize on Tuesday, Lian’s staff said they’d never heard of it and refused to comment.
The prize includes 100,000 yuan and little else, considering Chinese official media has yet to report on the award. Organizers will present the prize tomorrow in Beijing (no word on whether Lian Zhen will actually be there to receive it), only one day before the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony taking place in Norway on Friday. 19 countries have now officially refused to attend the Nobel ceremony, due undoubtedly to Chinese pressure.