That’s despite what Mr. Qiao said were orders from the Culture Ministry to cancel the ceremony because permission wasn’t given to publicize the award and the group had illicitly changed its name.
The ministry said in September that it had ordered the prize canceled, but did not immediately respond to further requests for comment Tuesday.
Mr. Qiao’s group hastily launched the prize last year in an apparent attempt to counter the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, which went to jailed Chinese dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for co-authoring an appeal for political reform.
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