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China Mourns Cuba's Fidel Castro Despite Past Animosity

"His glorious image and great achievements will go down in history," said Chinese President Xi Jinping

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    A Chinese man walks past wreaths of flowers placed under photos of the late Cuban President Fidel Castro, his brother and current President Raul Castro and Chinese President Xi Jinping outside the Cuban embassy with a national flag flying at half-mast in Beijing, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. Castro, who led a rebel army to victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, died at age 90 on Friday, Nov 25, 2016. Xi sent a telegram to Cuba on Saturday mourning the loss of a "dear comrade and true friend" of the Chinese people who made "immortal contributions to the development of socialism around the world."

    Tributes to Fidel Castro crowd the sidewalk near the Cuban Embassy in Beijing, NBC News reported. 

    Wreaths and bouquets of white and yellow flowers compete for space among written tributes, apples and a pair of roses carrying the message: "Your Hero, Our Hero."

    "His glorious image and great achievements will go down in history," Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a written statement. 

    The outpouring came despite the often-chilly relations between the two Communist stalwarts.