Zimbabwean president wins Chinese version of Nobel Prize

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who fought in guerrilla war wins China's alternative to Nobel Peace Prize

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been awarded China's alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize for what the prize committee called his national leadership and service to pan-Africanism.

Mugabe is the latest in a series of critics of the West who have received the Confucius Peace Prize, first awarded in 2010 amid Beijing's anger over the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Mugabe, 91, is a resilient leader who fought in a guerrilla war, denounces the West, crushed or co-opted dissent at home and has been in power for 35 years with no clear successor.

Prior recipients of the prize, which is awarded by a non-governmental committee composed mainly of scholars, include former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin.