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Miles Yu

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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

** FILE ** Protesters raise Taiwanese flags and placards marching to Vietnam's consulate in Hong Kong, Thursday, May 15, 2014, to protest anti-China unrest in Vietnam. Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam following a large protest by workers against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Inside China: Anti-Chinese riots hit Taiwan

Taiwan suffered collateral damage in Vietnam's anti-China riots on May 13, when 107 Taiwanese companies were vandalized and 10 factories were shut down. Published May 23, 2014

Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of People's Liberation Army of China, accused Washington of being the mastermind behind a conspiracy to deprive Africa of peace and prosperity and lauded anti-West dictators at an April 27 banquet in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Associated Press)

Inside China: General hits U.S. in Africa

A top Chinese defense official has accused Washington of being the mastermind behind a conspiracy to deprive Africa of peace and prosperity, and lauded anti-West dictators. Published May 2, 2014

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. Published April 24, 2014

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends celebrations to mark his 90th birthday in Marondera, east of  Harare, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. In July, Mugabe who has ruled the nation for 33 years since 1980, won disputed elections for another five-year term that will take him to age 94.  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Inside China: Long march to Africa

China is set to establish military bases in key spots of Africa, directly challenging the military presence of the U.S. and the European Union. Published March 6, 2014