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Miles Yu's column appears Fridays. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Claim of evil U.S. plot for 'historical nihilism' goes viral on Chinese Internet

To denounce one's past is to doom one's present; and when one's present is doomed, one's future is ruined. That is not something from Confucius or from a Chinese fortune cookie. It is the battle cry of a fierce war on "historical nihilism" being waged by the Chinese Communist Party under President Xi Jinping, who has a doctorate degree in "scientific socialism" from China's prestigious Tsinghua University, the intramural rival of its next-door neighbor, Peking University. Published July 30, 2015

An investor covers his eyes at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Official: China stock crash is U.S. economic warfare

Last month's stock market crash in China was without any doubt an economic war against China covertly waged by the United States, with the direct objective of subverting the ruling Communist Party, according to the most powerful leader of China's massive state-owned corporate enterprises. Published July 23, 2015

James Soong displayed his ability to jolt the political landscape by announcing that he just might jump into Taiwan's crucial 2016 presidential race. (Associated Press)

James Soong: Taiwan's kingmaker in action again

He is the most enigmatic figure in Taiwanese politics. Admired by many, loathed by some but courted by most, he has commanded attention in all of the island's key elections and helped decide the outcome in the most crucial ones since Taiwan embraced full-blown democracy in the 1990s. Published July 2, 2015

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Selection of lightweight from Taiwan's ruling party a sign of weakness

Without the usual boisterous and contentious primary election, and without the traditional backroom wheeling and dealing among party elders and luminaries to decide their next presidential candidate, Taiwan's ruling political party, the KMT, has moved with uncharacteristic alacrity to select a political lightweight to compete against opposition Democratic Progressive Party heavyweight candidate Tsai Ing-wen in next year's election. Published June 18, 2015

The Chinese government's sinking credibility

The worst domestic maritime tragedy since China's Communists came to power — the still-unexplained capsizing of a Yangtze River cruise ship that claimed more than 440 lives in the dark of night June 1 — has generated worldwide media attention. Published June 11, 2015

A member of a guard of honor looks at a rope as Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers and officers use it to line up them in preparation for a welcome ceremony for visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. China and India signed a confidence-building accord Wednesday to cooperate on border defense following a standoff between armed forces of the two Asian giants in disputed Himalayan territory earlier this year. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Hero or Zero? Communist Party's revolutionary military heros challenged

The credibility of the Communist Party's long list of revolutionary military heroes is being challenged as never before by the Chinese people, who are obliged to endure state-sponsored propaganda and forced emulation of these larger-than-life communist model soldiers from kindergarten on. Published June 4, 2015

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China's bizarre anti-Japanese TV and movie kitsch backfires

China's sustained, state-mobilized anti-Japanese propaganda campaign, one that has permeated the main news, arts and entertainment industries, has run into a wave of domestic criticism, as many World War II-themed anti-Japanese dramas on television have come across as bizarre, vulgar, even pornographic kitsch. The campaign is causing public revulsion and condemnation. Published May 21, 2015

Soldiers from the People's Liberation Army navy stand guard as the Dixmude, the third French Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, arrives at Wusong military dockyard, in Shanghai on May 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

French flotilla in Shanghai fuels talk of deal

A French naval flotilla left Singapore and arrived in Shanghai on May 9 for a weeklong visit, fueling a wave of speculation that the timing of the rare naval visit, the first since 2013, signals the two sides may be ready to cut a deal. Published May 14, 2015

The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un does not appear interested in holding sincere talks on giving up his nuclear arms. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Kim Jong-un stirs Chinese controversy over name of mountain he claims to have scaled

The story Monday of North Korea's obese leader, Kim Jong-un, scaling a 9,000-foot mountain — in leather shoes and neat dress coat, on a pair of legs that had undergone operation and needed a walking cane only a couple of months ago — has stirred up a firestorm on China's Internet, the world's largest closed cyber community with over 600 million users known as Netizens. Published April 23, 2015

Chinese authorities want the return of 17 ethnic Uighurs. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Turkey, China fight over Uighurs detained in Thailand

A diplomatic dispute has erupted over China's and Turkey's competing claims for 17 ethnic Uighurs who were detained in Thailand on charges of illegal border-crossing. Each is demanding the Uighurs' return. Published April 2, 2015

Myanmar bombed Chinese village

A Myanmar government MiG-29 fighter plane on March 8 flew over a Chinese village in the border province of Yunnan and dropped a bomb on a house believed to be a safe haven for the Kokang rebels. No major casualty was announced by either the Chinese or the Burmese side. Published March 12, 2015

In this Friday, Feb.20, 2015 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a traditional attire of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, waves during an event marking the 28th anniversary of its statehood in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India. China summoned India's ambassador over  Modi's visit to a disputed border region in the Himalayas, a long-festering irritant in relations between the Asian giants.(AP Photo/Press Trust of India)INDIA OUT

Indian PM riles China

China has unleashed its anger on the man President Xi Jinping has been trying his best to cultivate in recent months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Indian leader on Feb. 20 visited the Indian state called Arunachal Pradesh — the place Beijing calls "South Tibet" and insists is its "sacred and indivisible territory." Published February 26, 2015

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev riled Mao Zedong in the late 1950s with a proposal to build Soviet long-wave submarine communications stations inside China. (AP Photo)

Zhou Yongkang cronies executed for 'gangster crimes'

A Chinese mining tycoon, his brother and three associates were executed Feb. 9 in China for "gangster crimes." But it is clear the tycoon's association with China's former security czar Zhou Yongkang was the real reason for their fate. Published February 19, 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crusade has unearthed signs of internal tension and disorder among senior military leaders, with the suicides of multiple party leaders coming to light.  (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je hit over comments

Popular Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has caused a big stir in the global Chinese community for remarks he made during a recent interview with the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy. Published February 5, 2015

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election to opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena.  (AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, File)

China stung by Sri Lanka's election

Sri Lanka's presidential election earlier this month dealt China a major blow as opposition leader Maithripala Sirisena, who had made curtailing excessive Chinese influence the main focus of his campaign, won a surprise victory over the Beijing-friendly incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Published January 22, 2015