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(Washington Post)   Keeping with their motto of "produce a poor quality imitation rather than innovate", China presents its own Peace Prize to counter the Nobel Comittee honoring Liu Xiaobo   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 34
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2010-12-09 09:39:12 AM
Yeah, they did this with the Penchan Lama too - they didn't like the choice the Tibetan Buddhists made, so they imprisoned the 10-year-old boy they chose. The Chinese then chose THEIR OWN Penchan Lama, who was amazingly very supportive of the Communist government.
 
2010-12-09 09:41:25 AM
Perhaps it should be their Peace, Slavery, and Strength prize?
 
2010-12-09 09:41:54 AM
Sure, but the medal is lead coated in melamine...
 
2010-12-09 09:42:32 AM
I'd make fun of them but America is currently trying to shutdown a news source and imprison its figurehead.
 
2010-12-09 09:42:54 AM
Good for them.
 
2010-12-09 09:44:44 AM
I'd make fun of this but seeing as I can't find a single thing around my office that doesn't have "made in China" on it, I think I'll just go sit in the corner.
 
2010-12-09 09:44:46 AM
$15,000 cash prize? You could buy a lot of quality goods with that kind of scratch.

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2010-12-09 09:46:34 AM
If I were Lien, I would have the medal checked for lead content.
 
2010-12-09 09:50:15 AM
However, the man chosen for the newly created honor seemed baffled by it. On Wednesday, Lien's office in Taipei said he had no plans to travel to Beijing because he knew nothing about the award. Instead, a young girl came forward to accept the award and money on his behalf. It is not known what connection if any she had with Lien.

Brilliant. They create a "peace prize" with a large cash award, and then pay it to themselves.

There's something very Chinese about this approach, I just can't put my finger on it.
 
2010-12-09 09:50:26 AM
If they want support from other countries China has to learn to be scummier. Frame the guy for rape or child molestation or something. You can't just chuck some guy in jail for writing stuff, you need to put on a show of integrity for morons.
 
2010-12-09 09:51:09 AM
Probably didn't want to share the award with fartbama
 
2010-12-09 09:52:59 AM
"The newly created Confucius prize, which comes with a purse of $15,000 (100,000 yuan), was named after the famed philosopher and is intended to give the Chinese 'viewpoint of peace,' according to the committee that created it."

That's some grade A doublethink right there.
 
2010-12-09 09:55:25 AM
Millennium: Perhaps it should be their Peace, Slavery, and Strength prize?

Was that a 1984 reference? If so, you beat me to it. If not, then life imitates a classic dystopia, I guess.

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
 
2010-12-09 09:55:39 AM
"The newly created Confucius prize, which comes with a purse of $15,000 (100,000 yuan), was named after the famed philosopher and is intended to give the Chinese 'viewpoint of peace,' according to the committee that created it."

Confucius say...well, nothing. Confucius would be speechless.
 
2010-12-09 10:07:09 AM
Why shouldn't they have their own prize? Who are we to judge people from another culture? Wait, what?


/Now go back to buying quarity ploducts at Warmalt, citizen.
 
2010-12-09 10:08:08 AM
In the Analects (論語), Confucius presents himself as a "transmitter who invented nothing".

Well, that's certainly modern China in a nutshell.
 
2010-12-09 10:16:30 AM
Sock Ruh Tease: $15,000 cash prize? You could buy a lot of quality goods with that kind of scratch.

/hot




That PZ3 controller appears to need to be at least 3 times bigger.
 
2010-12-09 10:16:42 AM
Confucius say...
Man who lay woman on ground get peace on earth.
 
2010-12-09 10:26:24 AM
They awarded their peace prize based on screwball politics? Why would that make it lesser quality or even different from the other one?
 
2010-12-09 10:32:20 AM
farkturf: They awarded their peace prize based on screwball politics? Why would that make it lesser quality or even different from the other one?

You don't get as much money with this prize. Duh.
 
2010-12-09 11:31:56 AM
Perhaps someone should tell China how amazingly pathetic this makes them look.
 
2010-12-09 11:43:26 AM
Snarfangel: Perhaps someone should tell China how amazingly pathetic this makes them look,
In Bed!
 
2010-12-09 12:28:24 PM
Funny story:

I used to work at Microsoft. one month they had this big inter company PR campaign about some merger with the chinese partners. There were posters everywhere that read "The chinese are coming!"

In my building, someone put a note on one that read "Hide all removable media!"
 
2010-12-09 12:39:33 PM
blazemongr: However, the man chosen for the newly created honor seemed baffled by it. On Wednesday, Lien's office in Taipei said he had no plans to travel to Beijing because he knew nothing about the award. Instead, a young girl came forward to accept the award and money on his behalf. It is not known what connection if any she had with Lien.

Brilliant. They create a "peace prize" with a large cash award, and then pay it to themselves.

There's something very Chinese about this approach, I just can't put my finger on it.


You mean it seems like they're running around in a circle?
 
2010-12-09 01:12:51 PM
Headso: I'd make fun of them but America Sweden ..... and imprison Fine its figurehead.

FTFY.

As for shutting down Wikileaks, lots of people would like to do that, not just the US.
 
2010-12-09 01:55:39 PM
Snarfangel: Perhaps someone should tell China how amazingly pathetic this makes them look.

Maybe instead I need to point out that China doesn't give the tiniest rat's ass about the rest of the world's opinion at this point.

They know that the businessmen in other countries buying all their cheap goods don't care about anything but the bottom line, and that the consumers buying the goods from the local businesspeople might pay lip service to hating China but will still happily buy all the cheap crap they make.

While we may roll our eyes at stuff like this, China is most definitely having the last laugh.
 
2010-12-09 02:03:31 PM
chaunceymo: Snarfangel: Perhaps someone should tell China how amazingly pathetic this makes them look.

Maybe instead I need to point out that China doesn't give the tiniest rat's ass about the rest of the world's opinion at this point.


If they don't care, why would the Ministry of Culture bother having a front group come up with an alternative prize?
 
2010-12-09 02:06:22 PM
Snarfangel: chaunceymo: Snarfangel: Perhaps someone should tell China how amazingly pathetic this makes them look.

Maybe instead I need to point out that China doesn't give the tiniest rat's ass about the rest of the world's opinion at this point.

If they don't care, why would the Ministry of Culture bother having a front group come up with an alternative prize?


Exactly. This action demonstrates exactly how much they *do* care.
 
2010-12-09 02:09:12 PM
Headso: I'd make fun of them but America is currently trying to shutdown a news source and imprison its figurehead.

they're not a news source, they take information that they know is stolen, then publish it. It wouldn't be much different if they published SS numbers.
 
2010-12-09 03:29:31 PM
jshine: Exactly. This action demonstrates exactly how much they *do* care.

It's pageantry for their own people, who were previously totally in the dark about the nobel peace prize this year. A friend of mine working inland in a city the size of Denver said that practically no one even heard it was awarded at all, much less knows to whom it was given.
 
2010-12-09 03:35:57 PM
Minimally Hairy Beer-Powered Simian: Headso: I'd make fun of them but America is currently trying to shutdown a news source and imprison its figurehead.

they're not a news source, they take information that they know is stolen, then publish it. It wouldn't be much different if they published SS numbers.


Right. Real new sources play ball with authority. Authority always wins.
 
2010-12-09 04:15:50 PM
Let me guess, subby... The prize includes a trophy which depicts a student protester being run over by a tank?
 
2010-12-10 05:38:49 AM
FTFA: "The newly created Confucius prize, which comes with a purse of $15,000 (100,000 yuan), was named after the famed philosopher and is intended to give the Chinese 'viewpoint of peace,' according to the committee that created it."

On the one hand, I'm glad to know China has a viewpoint of peace. On the other, I'm discouraged that it doesn't match anyone else's.
 
2010-12-10 10:43:47 AM
Their "viewpoint of peace" is that eveyone should shut up and do as they're told. While spending money on consumer goods, of course.
 
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