The son of a high-ranking Chinese official studying in Britain won a special prize at the weekend aimed at celebrating the country's ten most outstanding Chinese youngsters, the China News Service reported Sunday.
Bo Guagua, a philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) scholar at the prestigious Oxford University, was among 10 people given the Big Ben Award on Saturday for his contributions to the community, the report said.
The 22-year-old is the son of Bo Xilai, the former Chinese minister of commerce and current Party secretary of Chongqing municipality. He was chosen from 28 candidates nominated this year for the prize, which is awarded by the British Chinese Youth Federation, the report said.
The other winning candidates include snooker player Fu Jiajun, director and writer He Xueyi and violinist Chen Mei. Bo was the first person from Chinese mainland to be enrolled in the Harrow School before being accepted at Balliol College, Oxford.
He has already written his first book, entitled Uncommonwealth, a sharp criticism on the blind pursuit of fads.
He has also been involved with the Oxford Subsidizing Poor Overseas Student Association, the Beijing Olympics Overseas Student Volunteer Organization and the Adam Smith Institute. He also set up the Oxford University Sichuan Earthquake Fundraising Committee, raising 15,000 pounds ($22,500) for victims of the May 12 disaster last year.