The reason for the nation's conspicuous absence in Norway is now becoming clearer: it plans to award its own peace prize. Dubbed the "Confucius Peace Prize," the award will be presented to former Taiwan Vice President Lien Chan for--according to the Associated Press--building "a bridge of peace between the mainland and Taiwan." The obvious intent of the "cobbled together" award (also the AP's language) will be to counter the choice of Liu Xiaobo by the Nobel Committee.
"We should not compete, we should not confront the Nobel Prize, but we should try to set up another standard,'' said the Beijing businessman who suggested the prize, Liu Zhiqin, to the Associated Press. "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.''
Jay Nordlinger at National Review decides to exercise this right:
They have now created their own prize, in response to what a committee of five Norwegians has done. Just like the Nazis and the Soviets. What a beautiful club.