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Lien Chan Gets Confucius Peace Prize

Lien Chan Gets Confucius Peace Prize - A Chinese committee, based on the mainland, has decided to award Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Taiwan-based Kuomintang (KMT), the first-ever Confucius Peace Prize Thursday, a day before the Nobel Committee is due to award its Peace Prize to the convicted criminal Liu Xiaobo.

Tan Liuchang, chairman of the Confucius Peace Prize Committee, told the Global Times Wednesday that his organization had informed Lien about the award through non-governmental channels.

"Lien contributes immensely to the development of cross- Straits relations and to world peace," Tan said.

An award ceremony is planned for Thursday at a downtown Beijing hotel, although Tan said he could not confirm the attendance of Lien.

Lien Chan Gets Confucius Peace Prize

"We'll show the rest of the world how the Chinese understand peace," Tan said. "China itself is a symbol of peace and a force in upholding peace, especially in a world that is full of conflict."

"We do not seek to slander any other organizations. We are here to offer a way of thinking," Tan said, adding that "the Confucius Peace Prize was not designed to challenge or replace the Nobel Peace Prize."

Reuters quoted organizers, however, as saying in an e-mailed statement Wednesday that "It is kind of a peaceful response to the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize."

Tan insisted that his committee was a non-governmental organization, but he declined to further elaborate on details of the award.

Lien Chan Gets Confucius Peace Prize

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