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Last year the Chinese regime started the "Confucius Peace Prize" apparently to counter the Nobel Peace Prize, after the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel. This year the unauthorized 'Panchen Lama' the Chinese regime endorsed is among the eight nominees vying for the Confucius Prize.
Launched in 2010 shortly after Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Chinese regime is hosting again its "Confucius Peace Prize."
The award's executive chairman, Liu Haofeng, says they are affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Culture.
This year's candidates include 21-year-old Gyaincain Norbu. He was selected by the Chinese regime to act as the 'Panchen Lama.' The young man often praises the Communist Party rule over Tibet.
The Panchen Lama is the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism and is traditionally chosen by the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama had chosen a young Tibetan boy named Gedhun Choekyi Nyima to be the Panchen Lama back in 1995. The boy and his family "disappeared" soon after.
Also on the list is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, known for his dictatorial ways, for the silencing of his critics, and for leading the second Chechen war.
Liu says Merkel is chosen for her contribution to peace in Europe, and to prompt her to be more aware of Eastern values. But Liu didn't explain what he means by "Eastern values."
The eighth nominee is Taiwanese politician James Soong, founder of the People First Party in the Kuomintang-led faction.
The recipient of the Confucius Peace Prize will receive more than $15,000—the winner is to be announced on December 9th—one day before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
Liu denies the Chinese peace award was set up to counter the Nobel Peace Prize.