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Miles Yu

Miles Yu's column appears Fridays. He can be reached at mmilesyu@gmail.com.

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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. Published December 11, 2014

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. Published December 4, 2014

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. Published November 20, 2014

Ma Ying-jeou

One country, one Hong Kong, one Taiwan

The future of Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations remains unclear, but one unmistakable consequence is Taiwan's open rejection of China's unification plan. Published November 6, 2014

In this file photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, walks past Chinese President Xi Jinping as they arrive at the Monument to the People's Heroes during a ceremony marking Martyr's Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai travels to China on Tuesday, Oct. 28, signaling the pivotal role he hopes Beijing will play in Afghanistan's future, not only in the economic reconstruction of his war-ravaged country after U.S. and allied combat troops leave by the end of the year but also in a strategic foreign policy aimed at building peace across a region long riven by mistrust and violence. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Inside China: Beijing rips Hong Kong tycoons

Hong Kong's tycoons, typically the bedrock of China's influence over the former British colony, have been notably silent in denouncing the pro-democracy protest movement. Published October 30, 2014

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, Chinese paramilitary policemen march across Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. The most important meeting of the year for the 205 members of China’s ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee, beginning Monday, Oct 20, 2014, will focus on how to rule the country in accordance with law. That has fed hopes that the party might move to respect the letter of the constitution, but some legal experts and political analysts say the country’s leaders are intent on expanding power, not limiting it. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Paranoia in Beijing with million-man mobilization of government informants

Stifling, dirty air is not the only thing blanketing Beijing. Since Oct. 17, the Chinese capital has been under an all-encompassing security sweep, officially declared to be in a "combat status with the highest level of prevention and control mechanisms around the clock." Published October 23, 2014

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. Published October 16, 2014

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. Published October 2, 2014

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. Published September 18, 2014

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) ** FILE **

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. Published September 4, 2014

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. Published August 28, 2014

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. Published August 21, 2014

A Chinese People's Liberation Army vessel is seen from an MH-60 helicopter in the South China Sea. An annual report to Congress on China's evolving military capability concluded that the modernization was being driven in part by growing territorial disputes in the East and South China seas, as well as by Beijing's desire to expand its presence and influence abroad. (U.S. Navy)

Military officer lashes out at 'traitor' netizens who mock gaffes

A retired Chinese general is fiercely defending a loud, boastful and gaffe-prone admiral who has made himself the most prominent military commentator on national television — and the laughingstock of Chinese Internet forums. Published August 14, 2014

Cuban leader Fidel Castro stands in silence as he pays his respects at a statue of fellow communist revolutionary Mao Tse-tung, in Mao's mausoleum in Beijing's Tiananmen Square Saturday, December 2, 1995. After presenting a wreath Castro viewed Mao's preserved body which is permanently on display in the mausoleum. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

PLA rejects travelers' blame for frustrating flight delays

The People's Liberation Army is denying that its massive air force and missile drills in eastern and central China have been responsible for thousands of commercial flight cancellations and delays since July 20. Published July 31, 2014

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. Published July 24, 2014

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. Published July 17, 2014

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key as he starts an official visit to New Zealand, at Government House, in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, July 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/SNPA, David Rowland) NEW ZEALAND OUT

Inside China: Anti-Japan propaganda campaign backfires

Monday marked the 77th anniversary of the beginning of all-out war between China and Japan, and Chinese leaders spared no effort to use the occasion to carry out a choreographed anti-Japan propaganda campaign. Published July 10, 2014

Vessels sit docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during the the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises on Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Inside China: Mixed feelings over multinational naval exercise

For the first time in its 43-year history, the world's largest multinational naval exercise, Rim of the Pacific exercise, or RIMPAC, hosted by the U.S. Navy on a biennial basis, has invited the Chinese navy to participate. And China is taking the unique opportunity seriously but with mixed feelings. Published July 3, 2014

Since June 20, more than 750,000 Hong Kong residents have voted in a symbolic "civil referendum" in defiance of Beijing to protest eroding freedoms promised by communist-led China when the British handed over the city in 1997. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Inside China: Mountain of watery ire

As Supreme Leader Xi Jinping prepares to start a key state visit to Seoul, two South Korean heartthrobs have triggered an eruption of anger toward China. Published June 26, 2014