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Chinese Culture Ministry disavows "Confucius Peace Prize"

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-14-2016 14:57 BJT

By Wang Jie, professor of Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C

The Chinese Ministry of Culture on Jan. 8 had issued a statement about the selection of the Confucius Peace Prize, claiming the 6th Confucius Peace Prize was not condoned by the government of China and it has nothing to do with the Ministry of Culture.

 

The statement stands in reference to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's refusal to accept the 2015 annual Confucius Peace Prize, which had grabbed international attention. The Confucius Peace Prize was eye-catching from its birth, since Confucius is recognized as a world-renowned Chinese philosopher.

In prior years, organizers had nominated Confucius Peace Prize winners, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Cuba leader Fidel Castro, former chairman of Taiwan Kuomindang Lien Chan, "father of hybrid rice" Yuan Longping, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and Master Yicheng of former president of the Buddhist Association of China.

However, only one winner had accepted the prize in the past six years. Some politicians did not even know they had won it.

Both foreigners and the Chinese government have refused to recognize the Confucius Peace Prize, and its activities were halted by the Chinese Ministry of Culture four years ago. The sponsoring department was canceled.
 
Confucius is a symbolic cultural icon of Chinese civilization. His wisdom transcends time and space, such as his initiation of kindheartedness and harmony in diversity, has given a positive impact on China and the world.

With increasing connections between China and the outside world, Confucius serves as a window and a cultural name card for the outside world to understand China better.

Confucius Institutes have taken root all over the world. Until Dec. 1, 2015, 500 Confucius Institutes and 1000 Confucius classes have been established in 134 countries and regions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had attended the opening ceremony of an annual meeting of a Confucius Institute and class in London on Oct. 22, 2015.

On Jan.1, 2016, co-produced by China and United Kingdom, a full-length documentary introducing Confucius' life and his profound impact on the world was broadcast on China Central Television (CCTV), stirring up "Confucius fever" internationally.

No one should randomly exploit or damage Confucius' name or earn personal benefits on account of that. Confucius deserves our respect. 

 

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