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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaks during a meeting with intellectuals and writers at the International Book Fair in Havana on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Cubadebate, Roberto Chile)

And the 2014 Confucius Peace Prize goes to ...

Fidel Castro, the longtime Cuban dictator, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the semi-official, semi-farcical Confucius Peace Prize, an award created by the Chinese government as a countermeasure to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Money dispute with Kiev threatens future Chinese arms buys

China is colluding with Russia to avoid paying $14 million to the Ukrainian government for a second Zubr-class amphibious landing hovercraft — or air-cushioned landing craft — that was delivered by Kiev to the Chinese People's Liberation Army in early March. The delivery came days before the Russian annexation of Crimea, where the vessel was built. At issue is the question of who gets the $14 million.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crusade has unearthed signs of internal tension and disorder among senior military leaders, with the suicides of multiple party leaders coming to light.  (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Chinese leaders committing suicide in droves

As Supreme Leader Xi Jinping's anti-graft crusade penetrates the inner circles of the People's Liberation Army, signs of internal tension and disorder among senior military leaders are becoming evident, with reliable sources reporting that a growing number of leaders have committed suicide.

A police officer, left,  points a pepper spray can to a protester after a clash between protesters and police near a occupied area in Hong Kong early Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Riot police moving against activists sparked outrage after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester and dragging dozens of others away Wednesday in the worst violence against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since they began more than two weeks ago. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The meaning of Hong Kong

Emboldened by Beijing's increasingly harsh line against the pro-democracy demonstrations by Hong Kong students, Hong Kong authorities began to implement rough police measures to forcibly end the protests and street occupation.

Valentina Matviyenko (left), the speaker of Russia's Senate, and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a State Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Yuri Kadobnov, Pool)

Inside China: She said, Xi said

After meeting recently with Supreme Leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, the chairwoman of Russia's Federation Council said Mr. Xi told her that China will never support international sanctions against Moscow.

Xi Jinping's show of affection for India upstages Japan

China is love-struck with its new Best Friend Forever — India — epitomized by Supreme Leader Xi Jinping's three-day official visit to the South Asian country, as Chinese state media revved up praises for India and its new prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Soldiers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) 6th Armored Division carry the Chinese type 97 semiautomatic machine guns at their military base on the outskirts of Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A Shanghaied Exercise

Dubbed "Peace Mission 2014," the "antiterrorism" military exercise hosted by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) took place last month in northern China amid growing tensions within the regional alliance.

Guests from the Chinese People's Liberation Army attend a reception at the Central Barracks in Hong Kong on July 31 to celebrate the 87th anniversary of its founding. Some fear the Aug. 25 incident at Huangcang High School could spark backlash. Nothing would pose a worse nightmare for the Communist Party if the PLA once again were to become the enemy of the Chinese people in the public's perception.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

People's Altercation Army

An ugly melee this week between People's Liberation Army training officers and their high school trainees at a high school in central China sent dozens of students and teachers to the hospital with injuries, some serious.

A Russian sport called the Tank Biathlon has gripped China's military buffs and has been intensely reported and discussed in the media, including on hundreds of China's Internet-based military forums. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Tanked in Russia

A Russian sport called the Tank Biathlon has gripped the nation's military buffs and has been intensely reported and discussed in the media, including on hundreds of China's Internet-based military forums.

Inside China: Massive flight woes and a missile test

Twelve of China's busiest airports are experiencing massive flight delays and cancellations that will last until Aug. 15, due to airspace restrictions imposed as a result of a mysterious air force drill that authorities say was the official reason.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott watch traditional Japanese drum performance at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. Mr. Abe's warm reception in Australia has angered China. (Associated Press)

Inside China: PLA commander replaced in Hong Kong

Maj. Gen. Liu Xiaojun, the high-flying commanding officer of the People's Liberation Army contingent in freewheeling Hong Kong, was abruptly relieved of command recently and reassigned to the Guangzhou Military Region in a new position believed to be mostly ceremonial.