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

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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

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