MOSCOW — Four days after reminding distinguished visitors to Moscow — over dinner — that Russia can destroy the U.S. in half an hour or less, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was named the latest winner of a Chinese peace prize intended as a counterweight to Stockholm’s Nobel Prize.
The prize’s organizers told news agencies Tuesday that Mr. Putin was chosen to receive the Confucius Peace Prize at a Dec. 9 ceremony Beijing, a day before the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. The Chinese award was launched hastily last year after imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo was chosen for the Nobel, incensing Beijing. The first person picked for the China prize, former Taiwan vice president Lien Chan, failed to appear last year to collect the award.
Not an Onion story, but an actual thing that has happened. What a bunch of children.