Taking its protest of the Norwegian Nobel awards to new heights, China has created its own Confucius Peace Prize in an attempt to replace it’s Western counterpart. The Eastern power has been furiously protesting the Nobel Committee’s decision since it was revealed the award would go to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Get the full story, pictures and video below!

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The Nobel Committee’s decision to award Liu is proving the most controversial in recent memory. So far, 19 of the 65 invited countries, including China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran, have decided to boycott the award ceremony.

Indicating the true nature of the award, the first Confucius Peace Prize winner has been named as former Taiwan vice-president Lien Chan. China cited Chan for his work in unifying the island nation with China. The former VP beat out competition including Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Mahmoud Abbas, and Panchen Lama, a Tibetan Buddhist leader loyal to Beijing.

“China is a great nation that has been influenced by the Confucian concept of peace for a long time,” said Tan Changliu, chairman of the awards committee. “We want to promote world peace from an Eastern perspective. Europe is full of small countries that had fought each other for centuries. We don’t want to see people who don’t understand peace to ruin the concept.”

China has vocally protested the decision by the Nobel Committee, and has warned nations of potential consequences of attending the ceremony in Oslo. Xiaobo is viewed by Chinese authorities as a rebel and is currently incarcerated for inciting civil unrest in the Communist nation.

“We should not compete, we should not confront the Nobel Prize, but we should try to set up another standard,” said Liu Zhiqin, the Beijing businessman who suggested the prize in The Global Times. “The Nobel prize is not a holy thing that we cannot doubt or question. Everyone has a right to dispute whether it’s right or wrong.”

China is the first nation to create it’s own award to rival the Nobel Committee’s since Nazi Germany. In 1935, Hitler created the German National Award after the Nobel committee honored German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky. What do you think of China’s new Confucius Peace Prize? Some think it was only awarded to Lien Chan because he is loyal enough to show up and accept it. Do you think it will be taken seriously by the world? Check out the pictures and video on the story below, and then let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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