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Miles Yu

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Inside China: China upset over RIMPAC snub

As China ratchets up military tensions with almost all of its neighbors in the Western Pacific, the United States is hosting its largest multinational maritime exercise and has excluded China from joining the maneuvers near Hawaii called Rim of the Pacific. Published July 4, 2012

Inside China: PLA says war with U.S. imminent

A Chinese general recently offered an alarming assessment that a future conflict with the United States is coming as a result of U.S. “containment” policies. Published June 27, 2012

Inside China: PLA hawks decry sellout by leaders

China's military is making bold accusations that self-described "heroic" anti-American hawks are being purged and betrayed by China's CIA-controlled civilian leaders. Published June 20, 2012

Inside China: China's one million traitors

"China is a country with fertile soil to produce traitors. There were over 1 million Chinese traitors during the Resisting the Japanese War [World War II]. In today's China, there are more traitors than that number," said Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong of the Chinese navy, who is the most well-known and most senior military commentator on China's state television. He is one of the most outspoken, hard core anti-American spokesmen. The revealing remarks were made June 7 in the online edition of the official Chinese newspaper the Global Times. Published June 13, 2012

Inside China: China and India play consulate game

India is taking advantage of China's desire to open a new diplomatic outpost in the strategically important port city of Chennai in South India. The Delhi government for its part wants the Chinese government to reopen the Indian consulate in Lhasa, Tibet, the Hindustan Times reported May 28. That consulate was forced to close in the aftermath of the 1962 Sino-Indian border war. Published June 6, 2012

Inside China: China sees conspiracy in sea law convention

The Chinese government reacted strongly recently to U.S. government efforts to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), calling the move a dangerous U.S. military plot to interfere further in Asia's regional affairs. Published May 30, 2012

Inside China: China and its exiles

As its influence continues to grow on the world stage, China has one major demand that the rest of the world is finding more and more difficult to accept: stay away from those people Beijing dislikes and views as undesirable. Published May 16, 2012

Inside China: Hobnobbing, war hysteria escalate

Billed as the most important and substantial military exchange visit with the United States in nine years, the grand tour from Friday through Thursday by a large Chinese military delegation – led by Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie – received royal treatment at the Pentagon this week. Published May 9, 2012

Inside China: Admiral says China can destroy destroyers

The Navy's next-generation warship, the 15,000-ton Zumwalt-class destroyer, is no good and can be destroyed by Chinese fishing boats armed with explosives, according to a leading Chinese military commentator, People's Liberation Army Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong. Published May 2, 2012

Inside China: Eroding press freedom

A routine Taiwanese legislative hearing on Chinese government advertising activities in Taiwan revealed alarming evidence that the communist government paid some of Taiwan's leading newspapers to produce pro-mainland news coverage. Published April 25, 2012

Inside China: China, Russia to hold drill near Korea

Chinese and Russian military forces are set to hold a large-scale, weeklong joint naval drill beginning Sunday, and the maneuvers will be held in sensitive waters of the Yellow Sea just west of the Korean Peninsula. Published April 18, 2012

Inside China: Murder, Xi wrote

The bizarre affair involving China's flamboyant princeling, former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, continues to dazzle the world following Bo's unceremonious ouster as the regional communist viceroy on March 15. Published April 11, 2012

Inside China: A powder keg in Northeast Asia

North Korea's planned launch of what it calls a Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite on a space launcher, scheduled to take place between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the late dictator Kim Il-sung's birth, has dramatically intensified the already volatile security environment in Northeast Asia, causing a crisis that threatens to bring war to the region. Published April 4, 2012

Inside China: Red Songs curbed but not banned

A signature action of ousted Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai was to hold mass rallies for the singing of communist songs, or "red songs." Mr. Bo's program was officially curtailed by the new propaganda chief, who announced the move Monday in the southwestern metropolis of more than 30 million people. Published March 28, 2012

Inside China: Shake-up stirs party fears

The unceremonious dismissal March 15 of high-ranking communist official Bo Xilai - the powerful party chief of the world's largest metropolis, Chongqing - is causing major concern over the Communist Party's ability to control the ultimate guarantor of the regime, the 2.28 million-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA). Published March 21, 2012

Inside China: Markets, humans and animals

At a corporate gathering a few months ago in China, the chairman of a major company made this sentimental remark: "[My company] has a workforce of over 1 million worldwide, and as human beings are also animals, to manage 1 million animals gives me a headache." Published March 14, 2012

Bo Xilai, party secretary of the western city of Chongqing, speaks during a news conference after a Chongqing delegation meeting of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Saturday, March 6, 2010. Bo is the rare official in China with a strong public personality, which could help him with media and popular attention but might not help him within the upper levels of the conservative, ruling Communist Party. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Inside China: Security spending tops defense

For two years in a row, China will spend a huge portion of its annual budget on forces used to check growing social discontent and for protecting the communist regime from popular challenges. The official budget figure for internal security spending released this week highlights Beijing's anxiety about mounting social unrest and its determined focus on countering it. Published March 7, 2012

Inside China: 'Fierce of mien but faint of heart'

The recently announced shift in the U.S. strategic emphasis toward the Asia-Pacific region represents a strategic bluff by a declining America against a rising China that will fail because China can defeat the U.S. militarily. Published February 29, 2012

Inside China

Taiwan's navy plans to buy eight new submarines to face off against China's much larger submarine fleet, according to reports from the island nation. Published February 22, 2012

Inside China

Lai Changxing, the primary suspect in China's biggest smuggling case since the founding of the communist state, was charged last week after a 12-year legal battle between China and Canada, according to official Chinese press. Published February 15, 2012