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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.

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.

R&R: President Obama gives rare access to a media pool Thursday as he plays his seventh round of golf during his Hawaiian vacation. The first family also has taken two hikes, two beach trips and one snorkeling adventure, but has not attended church, even for Christmas. (Associated Press photographs)

Taxpayers foot $3M bill for Obama golf trips

- The Washington Times

President Obama's trips this year to the golfing playgrounds of Palm Springs and Key Largo cost taxpayers nearly $3 million for flight expenses alone, according to Air Force records.

Chinese women, relatives of Chinese passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 cry as they wait for Malaysia embassy staff to meet them outside the Malaysia embassy in Beijing, China Friday, April 25, 2014. About 50 relatives of Chinese passengers on the plane continued a sit-in protest outside the Malaysian Embassy after officials failed to show up to update them on the search. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Inside China: Absence of the Sea Dragon

One of China's most publicized technological accomplishments is the Sea Dragon manned deep-sea submersible that boasts the world's greatest capability for range of depth. But when the vessel is needed the most — in the search for the missing Malaysian plane — it has been entirely a no-show.