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Miles Yu

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Inside China: Defense of Japan

The Senate last week unanimously passed an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill that commits the United States to defend Japan should the Senkaku Islands come under attack by a third country -- a reference to China. Published December 5, 2012

Inside China: Five pilots in carrier ops

China's military has used two J-15 stealth fighter jets for its first publicized aircraft carrier landing-and-takeoff operation. Published November 28, 2012

A Chinese People's Liberation Army Airforce's "Bayi Aerobatic Unit" J-10 fighter jet lowers its landing gears during an aerial demonstration at a base of the PLA Airforce's 24th Division in Yangcun, Tianjin, China, Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The media, along with about 51 military attaches from embassies in Beijing, including the United States, Britain and Israel, witnessed a 15-minute demonstration by four pilots from the 24th Air Division in China's domestically developed J-10 fighters. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

Inside China: China to revamp pilot training

The Chinese People's Liberation Army air force is feeling the heat from higher command for failing to produce enough qualified pilots and for spending too much on pilot training. Published November 21, 2012

**FILE** China's only aircraft carrier, Liaoning, returns to port Oct. 30 after its first navy sea trial, in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province. (Associated Press)

Inside China: Carrier set for drills

China's one and only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, set sail again recently to test a routine but important maneuver: aircraft takeoff from its deck and a completely stopped landing back on deck. Published November 14, 2012

Inside China: J-31 stealth jet takes to the skies

The 10-minute maiden test flight of China's newest stealth fighter jet, the J-31, sparked intense debate among the world's weapons and intelligence communities. That's because little is known about the aircraft, which China boasts is the only other fifth-generation stealth light combat aircraft in the world after the U.S. Air Force F-35. Published November 7, 2012

Inside China: Major China military shift

As the world's most populous communist state anticipates a once-in-a-decade power transfer, a major leadership reshuffle in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) took place quietly last week. Published October 31, 2012

Inside China: Media hits visit to Japan

The official Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times and other state-controlled media outlets fired broadsides this week at Chinese tourists who traveled to Japan, ignoring the current national xenophobia calling for a boycott of all things Japanese. Published October 24, 2012

Chinese writer Mo Yan attends a press conference in Gaomi, his hometown, in east China's Shandong province Friday Oct. 12, 2012. Nobel Prize for literature winner Mo Yan has expressed hope that China's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo will regain his freedom. Chinese calligraphy at right reads "all rivers run into the sea" meant to describe something as all encompassing. (AP Photo)

Inside China: Mr. ‘Don’t Speak’ speaks

China's freshly minted Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, whose name, Mo Yan, literally means "Don't Speak" in Chinese, in recent days spoke at ease on a wide range of issues, some of them highly sensitive — and thus controversial — in the current Chinese political environment. Published October 17, 2012

Inside China: Buying ASEAN hospitality

At the first Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum held in Manila Oct. 3 to 4, China became the focus of all discussions for its aggressive and sweeping maritime disputes with four nations in the regional alliance -- Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Published October 10, 2012

Inside China: Big stick for Japan, soft talk for Asean

Apparently, timing is everything. Just a few weeks ago, China was excoriating one or more members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on a daily basis for challenging Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in the South China Sea. Published September 26, 2012

Inside China: Generals urge get-tough policy on Japan

China's state media gave prominent space last week to the People's Liberation Army's most outspoken hawks, who urged Beijing to adopt a unanimous policy of getting tough with Japan. The 10 generals agreed that an immediate war with Japan might not be beneficial for China. But they argued that China should take all measures necessary, including military action, to gain administrative control of the Diaoyudao, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan. Published September 19, 2012

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Inside China: Where’s Xi?

Xi Jinping, who is expected to succeed Chinese leader Hu Jintao and take charge of the communist state for the next 10 years, went into hiding last week, instantly shifting China's rumor mills into high gear. Published September 12, 2012

Inside China: Indian Ocean fortress

In recent years, China has invested heavily in building up military facilities and naval ports in the small but strategically located Indian Ocean state of Sri Lanka. Published September 5, 2012

Inside China: Missile defense conspiracy?

Rear Adm. Yin Zhuo, a leading Chinese navy official, told his nation Aug. 24 that plans to boost U.S. missile defenses in Asia are a strategic conspiracy to trick other nations in the region into investing vast resources to develop nuclear and ballistic weapons. Published August 29, 2012

In this Sunday Aug. 19, 2012 photo, anti-Japan protesters march in Harbin, in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province. An unauthorized landing by Japanese activists on a tiny island in what the Japanese call the Senkaku chain - and the Chinese call the Diaoyu - sparked an outpouring of anger and anti-Japanese protests across China and fueled calls for aggressive government action that some fear could lead to a dangerous escalation of tensions. (AP Photo)

Inside China: Anti-Japan protests turn violent

The diplomatic row between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, which China calls the Diaoyudaos, stepped up this week as demonstrations in several major Chinese cities turned violent. Published August 22, 2012

Inside China: China tries 4 police chiefs

Four key aides to former Chongqing police Chief Wang Lijun, whose dramatic attempt to defect to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu triggered a political tsunami in Chinese politics, faced prosecution in a show trial on Friday. Published August 15, 2012

Inside China: Aide to consulate defector charged

Wang Pengfei, the right-hand man of Wang Lijun, the former Chongqing police chief whose attempted defection to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in February triggered China's biggest political storm in several decades, was officially charged recently with dereliction of duty and corruption. Published August 1, 2012