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An Empty Chair Is Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

The Chinese government is the first since the Nazis to prevent anyone from accepting the award.


While it has been clear for some time that China would not let Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo out of prison to accept his prize, there was some thought that perhaps his wife would be able to attend. Today, however, the prize was given out to no one, marking the first time that the recipient or a family member has not accepted the award since Count Carl von Ossietzky won while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. China is in excellent company. Which is not even to mention the 19 countries that chose to not send representatives to the ceremony, like Russia, North Korea, and Burma.

Of Xiaobo's absence, the chairmen of the Nobel committee noted: “This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate.”

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Move Over, Nobel. China Announces State-Friendly "Confucius Peace Prize."

A Chinese group just invented the "Confucius peace prize"—and they're announcing it a day before the Nobel. It's probably not going to Liu Xiaobo.


Do you think the Chinese government has anything to do with this?

A Chinese group has launched its own peace award as a riposte to the Nobel peace prize following Beijing's fury at the decision to honour the jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo. The organisers will hand out a Confucius peace prize tomorrow—a day ahead of the Nobel ceremony in Oslo. They argue that China "should have a greater voice on world peace" because it has over 1 billion citizens, while Norway is small and the Norwegian committee "could be inevitably biased and fallacious".

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