Китай учредил Конфуцианскую премию мира.
Церемония вручения «Конфуцианской премии мира» пройдёт 9 декабря, за день до «вручения» Нобелевской.
Китайский аналог премии мира получит бывший вице-президент Тайваня Лиен Чан (Lien Chan).
Первый лауреат получит денежный приз в размере 100 тыс. юаней ($15 тыс.).
Для "альтернативы" другими номинантами будут – бывший президент ЮАР Нельсон Мандела, крупный филантроп Билл Гейтс, лидер Палестинской автономии Махмуд Аббас и назначенный КНР Панчен-Лама.
Председатель наградного комитета сообщил информагентству Associated Press, что комитет не является официальным правительственным органом, хотя признал, что комитет тесно сотрудничает с Минкультуры КНР.
В направленном по электронной почте сообщении говорится, что награда была учреждена как «мирный ответ» решению Нобелевского комитета с целью представить видение мира китайским народом.
Lien Chan (連戰, in pinyin: Lián Zhàn) (born August 27,
He was vice-president of the Republic of China from 1996 to 2000, and is currently chairman of the Kuomintang. Although he was born in Mainland
Lien earned a Bachelor's degree from the
Lien was governor of
In contrast to his political opponents, Lien Chan is generally considered arrogant, aloof and out of touch with the public, and he made a dismal showing in the 2000 Presidential elections. One popular theory on
Part of Lien's defeat may have been due to the massive 7.4 earthquake on September 21, 1999. As the acting Vice President and KMT candidate, Lien bore the brunt of public dissatisfaction with government relief efforts, in one instance being chased onto his helicopter by furious victims. In a poll following the 921 earthquake, the undecided vote rose to 47%. Since Lien's third place finish in the 2000 Presidential Elections, he has adopted a platform to erase the Lee effect from Taiwan and "Return to the Good Old Days", a call to return to the heyday of Chiang Ching-kuo.
After the defeat of the KMT in 2000, Lien was able to achieve Lee's ouster and assume the leadership of the KMT. The KMT launched a party wide purge to eradicate Lee supporters, then held a membership drive to attract KMT loyalists. According to Lien the drive was successful, but many outside observers note a significant drop in membership as many of the former members who had joined the party as a compulsory act of conscripted military service never renewed. Lien as the Chairman of the KMT also vowed to learn from his loss and remake the KMT party. He held forums to discuss erasing the KMT's image as a corrupt institution and Lien promised to give up property stolen by the KMT after the Japanese exodus. To date there has been no further progress on this issue. Lien has been criticized for trying to give the land away to local governments as a type of payoff for support.
After negotiations between the PFP and KMT, Lien Chan agreed to hold a combined KMT-PFP ticket against Chen Shui-bian in the 2004 Presidential elections. The pairing has met with speculation as it has been thought that he two men personally dislike each other. During the 2000 campaigning, Lien accused Soong of positioning his family graves to interfere with Lien's Feng Shui and thus Lien had to reposition his graves. The KMT-PFP pairing seats the aloof Lien as the presidential candidate with the vocal and often bellicose Soong as his running mate.
In December 2003 Lien initiated what appeared to be a major shift in the party's position on the linked questions of Chinese reunification and Taiwnese independence. Speaking to foreign journalists, Lien said that while the KMT was opposed to "immediate independence," it did not wish to classed as "pro-reunificationist" either. At the same time Wang Jin-pyng, the KMT's campaign manager in the 2004 presidential election, said that the party no longer opposed
As ordered in the traditional Chinese name order, his surname is Lien. His given name, Chan, is a different character from the common surname Chan (in pinyin: Chén), 陳. In this case, "Chan" means "battles", which was given to him by Lien Heng. As he was sick with liver cancer in