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China's Confucius Peace Prize courts yet more controversy

Hun Sen, Duterte among candidates for 'Nobel alternative'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen are among the candidates for this year's Confucius Peace Prize.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Since its inception in 2010, the Confucius Peace Prize has never been far from controversy. This year, it would appear, will be no different for the supposed Chinese alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Having been awarded to a succession of authoritarian political figures, the award has drawn criticism from outside China, and is apparently not taken particularly seriously by the authorities in Beijing -- or its winners.

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