Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year’s winner of China’s Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, which they see as biased against China.
The committee that sponsors the prize praised 88-year-old Castro for “contributions to peace” — in stark contrast to the view in the West of Castro as a dictator who ran an oppressive one-party state for nearly five decades while seeking to export communist revolution.
“As Cuba’s leader, when managing international relations, especially relations with the U.S., he did not use military force or violence to resolve controversies and disputes,” prize co-founder Liu Zhiqin was quoted as saying by the official newspaper Global Times.
Castro also made “important contributions on eliminating nuclear war after retirement,” Liu said.When he didn't have any nuclear weapons himself, that is. Prior to that, in 1962, he was all for launching such at the United States. Guess he mellowed.