Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has been conferred with the Confucius Peace Prize, China’s version of the Nobel Prize.
The Confucius Prize was established in 2010 after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The past winners include former Taiwanese Prime Minister Lien Chan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Castro, in line with past winners, was not on hand to receive the Confucius Peace Prize. The prize, a statuette and certificate was awarded to a Cuban student in China. The prize, named for China’s ancient sage, was established as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize.