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World Who Needs Nobel: China Launches The Confucius Peace Prize


Aug 17, 2010
World citizen!
Who Needs Nobel: China Launches the Confucius Peace Prize By: Krista Mahr

Photo: Protesters demand the release of jailed Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in front of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles, California, on December 5, 2010, less than a week before the award ceremony in Oslo. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

It's been a tough month for China's PR machine. First Beijing had to figure out what to do about its belligerent pals in North Korea, and now, as all eyes turn to Oslo for this week's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the government faces renewed global condemnation over the continued detention of this year's Nobel laureate, Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo.

In Liu's case, the settled-on solution — in tandem with having a government spokesperson call the Nobel committee "clowns" for having awarded a person Beijing considers a criminal the prize — falls squarely in the if-you-can't-join-them-beat-them category.

This week, the inaugural Confucius Peace Prize was awarded — a newly launched, China-approved alternative to the Nobel. The first honoree is former Taiwan vice president Lien Chan for promoting peace between Taiwan and mainland China. Not much is known about the committee that awarded the prize, but its chairman told the AP that it works closely with the Ministry of Culture.

In any case, it's all happened pretty fast. The idea was publicly aired just three weeks back in an opinion piece run in the government-backed paper Global Times, which called for the establishment of a Confucius Peace Price in order to provide “the best opportunity for the Chinese to declare China's view in peace and human rights to the world” and to “teach Westerners how to cultivate their own spirits and kindly treat people that have different national values and lifestyles.”

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/12/08...ches-the-confucius-peace-prize/#ixzz17eHkRaWX


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Aug 17, 2010
World citizen!
winner gets to make fortune cookie

Or maybe winner chosen from fortune cookie?!

China Invents Own Peace Prize, Is Mocked By Taiwan

By: Emily Rauhala

There are a couple things the Chinese Communist Party dislikes: Criticism, for one. Also, Taiwan. The folks at Next Media Animation don't seem to care. They've created a video that mocks much of what the Middle Kingdom holds dear, pandas included.
Let us draw your attention to three little gems:
1. At 0:22, a baseball bat-wielding panda attacks a representative of the United Nations.
2. Moments later, at 0:50 the Confucius Prize trophy, which is labeled 'Made in China,' falls apart.
4. At 1:13, the video cuts to what appears to be a cartoon-version of Lien Chan, former Taiwanese VP, barking like a dog before his Chinese master. Chan is the first winner of the Confucius Prize.

YouTube - China creates peace prize to rival Nobel

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/12/09/china-invents-own-peace-prize-is-mocked-by-taiwan/#ixzz17fLsaszA
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1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Brilliant! Iron pandas, classic Anamae style animation, tongue in cheek dialog, and the ending was the best. "Find out more on facebook.? What kind of trouble will they be in tomorrow?
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