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Miles Yu

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

Articles by Miles Yu

Chinese soldiers unload relief supplies from a helicopter in quake-ravaged Sichuan province. Saturday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least 186 and injured thousands. The military is in full control of relief and rescue, with citizen-initiated efforts to help strictly banned.

Inside China: PLA center stage in quake relief

What was presumed to be an earthquake relief operation led by civilians quickly became an all-out campaign by the People's Liberation Army to show off its mobilization capability and high-tech weapons with an over-the-top propaganda theme — "The PLA Loves The People." Published April 25, 2013

"I want you all to combine your personal ideals with the 'dream to strengthen the military,'" Chinese President Xi Jinping  said during a recent visit to a submarine and destroyer base. (Associated Press)

Inside China: Xi promotes 'military dream'

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a special visit April 9 to a submarine and destroyer base at Sanya in the southern maritime province of Hainan in what is viewed as a major boost to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy's morale and ambition. Published April 18, 2013

Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong initiated a discussion of kelp farming and its supposed ability to keep U.S. submarines from the Yellow Sea that was mocked in some quarters. The admiral is also a professor at China's National Defense University

Inside China: Army to restrict auto tags to curb fraud

The Chinese People's Liberation Army will impose a much tougher regulation May 1 aimed at curbing the explosion of luxury vehicles sporting military license plates that provide drivers with coveted privileges and swagger. Published April 4, 2013

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Inside China: China targets 'military crimes'

China this week announced a tough new regulation, effective Thursday, that specifies severe prosecution and punishment for military personnel who commit any of 31 types of criminal acts. Published March 28, 2013

Lei Feng, a half-real, half-fabricated man depicted by the Chinese government as the communist model soldier, has become a political icon. (Associated Press)

Inside China: Lei Feng and China’s zeitgeist

Lei Feng, the famed half-real, half-fabricated communist model soldier — killed when a telephone pole fell on him more than 50 years ago — is making a dramatic comeback in China's cultural and political life, thanks to vigorous promotion by the Communist Party's new leader, Xi Jinping. Published March 14, 2013

Inside China: Taiwan VIP’s pilgrimage to Beijing

Lien Chan, a former vice president of Taiwan who holds an honorary chairmanship of the ruling Kuomintang party, has become entangled in a controversy that is placing the island democracy's politics on the edge. Published March 7, 2013

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Inside China: China says Japan lied about radar

After days of silence, the Chinese government went public with a comment on Japan's protest over a Chinese navy missile frigate that twice beamed its targeting radar on a Japanese helicopter and a Japanese destroyer last month. Published February 14, 2013

Inside China: English-speaking enemy

In a recent air-combat exercise, the drill master pulled a trick on the "Red Team" representing the Chinese air force by having pilots of the enemy "Blue Team" shout orders in English. Published February 8, 2013

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a high-speed train G802 leaves for Beijing from Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei province, on Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (Associated Press/Xinhua)

Inside China: No airspace for holiday travel

The largest annual human migration occurs in China during the busy travel season around the Chinese New Year. More than 1 billion Chinese passengers will jam China's highways, railways and airlines in the weeks before and after Feb. 10, New Year's Day. Published January 31, 2013

Inside China: U.S.-Taiwan weapons deal near

The United States is set to sell 30 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Taiwan this year, along with 60 Blackhawk helicopters next year and additional Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile systems in 2015, according to Sen. James M. Inhofe, who led a congressional delegation to Taiwan last week and met with key leaders including President Ma Ying-jeou and the speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Wang Jin-pyng. Published January 21, 2013

**FILE** Two civilian contractors (right) in 2009 work on an AH-64 Apache helicopter in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Inside China: U.S.-Taiwan weapons deal near

The United States is set to sell 30 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Taiwan this year, along with 60 Blackhawk helicopters next year and additional Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile systems in 2015, according to Sen. James M. Inhofe, who led a congressional delegation to Taiwan last week and met with key leaders including President Ma Ying-jeou and the speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Wang Jin-pyng. Published January 16, 2013

Inside China: China fortifies islands

The Chinese government has appropriated $1.6 billion to fortify islands in the South China Sea currently claimed by other nations, notably the Philippines. The fortification plan includes construction of airports, piers and other facilities that could have both civilian and military uses. Published January 9, 2013

Inside China: PRC paper calls Philippines a ‘clown’

The People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, on Dec. 13 published an editorial that lambasted the Philippines with words that can be described as anything but diplomatic and cordial. Published December 19, 2012