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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Fidel Castro awarded China's Confucius Peace Prize

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been awarded with the Confucius Peace prize, China’s own version of the Nobel Peace Prize which organizers of the alternative distinction consider biased against the Asian giant.

The ceremony was held at the Beijing University with Cuban students representing Castro, receiving a statuette, a diploma and money on behalf of the historic leader of Cuba’s revolution.


“As Cuba’s leader, when managing international relations, especially relations with the US, he did not use military force or violence to resolve controversies and disputes,” the co-founder of the prize, Liu Zhiqin, was quoted as saying by the official newspaper Global Times.

  • 88-year-old Castro was elected by a 9-member jury who analised the nominations of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, South Korea president Park Geun-hye, the Shangai Cooperation Organization and the Chinese Taoist Association.

  • The Confucius Peace Prize was first granted in 2010 meant to be China's answer to the Nobel Peace Prize, a timely riposte to the honoring of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo by Oslo.

First winner of the Confucius award was Taiwanese ex vice-president Lien Chan while Russian President Vladimir Putin received the price in 2011. 


In 1012, it was granted and shared by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Chinese scientist Yuan Longping. Last year, it was the turn for Yi Cheng, Zen Master and honorary head of the Buddhist Association.
 [buenosairesherald.com]
11/12/14

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