F you guys, China’s got its own peace prize

In response to the Nobel Peace Prize going to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is currently in prison, China has created its own prize, called the Confucius Peace Prize. The nominees for the first such prize include Mahmoud Abbas, Nelson Mandela, and Bill Gates, but (surprise!) the winner is a former Vice President of Taiwan who made nice with mainland China’s government.

The award ceremony will take place in Beijing on Thursday, the day before Liu is formally awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. Neither he nor his wife have been allowed by the Chinese government to go to Oslo. Liu’s wife has been put under house arrest.

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