We’ll admit it — this whole Confucius Peace Prize business has got us nothing but confused. You may remember that the Ministry of Culture disbanded the original organisers of the award and anointed a group of professors from Tsinghua University, Peking University and Beijing Normal University to put together the “new“ award. It appears now that the awarding of the prize to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin is the handiwork of the old guard and has absolutely nothing to do with the new group blessed by the ministry!
After they were ordered to be shut down, members of the China Native Art Association’s Traditional Culture Protection Bureau took a flight down to Hong Kong and set up a new organisation called China International Peace Research Centre.
The head of this new so-called “research centre” is a poet by the name of Qiao Damo who apparently was shameless enough to nominate himself for last year’s inaugural awards. Qiao now says that their award ceremony is set to take place Dec. 9 at Beijing’s Dongdan News Building — whatever the ministry might say.
If Vladimir Putin shows up at the ceremony, he will be rewarded with a statue of Confucius. Organisers did not say if they would repeat the 100,000 RMB cash prize that they gave out last year.
The Ministry of Culture has not given an official statement on the public relations trainwreck. Neither has Putin.
Previously on Shanghaiist
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Shanzhai Confucius Peace Prize appears, original organisers not amused
Richard Burger on the Confucius Peace Prize
Ministry of Culture disbands organisers of Confucius Peace Prize
Confucius Peace Prize nominee James Soong wants to be President of Taiwan
Vladimir Putin and Chinese Panchen Lama nominated for Confucius Peace Prize
China’s Confucius Peace Prize: What is it really?