Organisers of the Confucius Peace Prize announced the nominees yesterday. Last year the accolade went to Russia’s Vladimir Putin for enhancing his country’s standing and crushing rebel forces in Chechnya.
The nominees for the 2012 prize areAnnan, his successor Ban Ki-moon, Yingluck, Gates, Chinese social activist Wang Dingguo, Peking University Professor Tang Yijie, Chinese rice researcher Yuan Longping, and the 11th Panchen Lama.
The Panchen Lama is the second-highest Tibetan religious leader after the Dalai Lama, but most Tibetans do not accept him because he was appointed by Beijing.
The China International Peace Research Centre launched the prize in 2010 in an apparent attempt to counter that year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which went to jailed Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo. He is serving an 11-year prison sentence after appealing for political reform.