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

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last week. Mr. Yanukovych's visit is aimed at gaining Chinese support for Ukraine's battered economy. The country's economic malaise has helped fuel ongoing protests in Kiev. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Inside China: Ukraine gets nuclear umbrella

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych escaped protests in his country last week with a state visit to Beijing, where he received China's pledge to protect Ukraine under its nuclear umbrella. Published December 12, 2013

The replica of a Chinese made fighter jet is silhouetted against the sun in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.  China said Wednesday it had monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Inside China: Airspace acrimony in East China Sea

China's effort to isolate Japan as its primary regional competitor has unraveled in less than a week: World powers rallied to echo Tokyo's outrage over Beijing setting up an air defense zone that encompasses much of the air defense zones of neighboring countries. Published November 28, 2013

In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, photo provided by the Navy Media Content Service (NMCS), a MV-22 Ospreys, load supplies to provide aid during Operation Damayan. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade are assisting the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Republic of the Philippines. (AP Photo/ NMCS 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman/Released)

Inside China: Beijing's embarrassing relief effort for the Philippines

China, the world's second-largest economy and a key member of the Asia-Pacific community of nations, is providing the Philippines with an initial disaster relief package totaling $100,000 — an international example of the government's stingy response to humanitarian disasters. Published November 14, 2013

Inside China: A parade of paranoia about U.S. 'engagement' in China

Comprehensive "engagement" has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy toward China since the Nixon administration. But the bedrock of Beijing's U.S. policy is paranoia over what Chinese leaders believe is a "peaceful evolution" conspiracy designed to overthrow the communist dictatorship via the ideological and spiritual infiltration of China's society. Published November 7, 2013

Inside China: Pacific challenges

The People's Liberation Army's (PLA) navy has begun a massive exercise in the western Pacific that is widely seen as a response to the recently completed U.S.-Japan-South Korean joint naval drills led by the aircraft carrier USS George Washington near the Korean Peninsula. Published October 24, 2013

Inside China: Taiwan invasion exercise

More than 20,000 Chinese soldiers, sailors and airmen carried out a boisterous joint-operation exercise this month, with Taiwan as the apparent simulated target of a Normandy-style invasion. Published October 17, 2013

Xi Jinping

Inside China: Military entertainers

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) operates a large "entertainment corps" known for its extraordinary privilege, unique access to power elites and wasteful extravagance. Now President Xi Jinping is vowing to tighten controls on military entertainers. Published September 5, 2013

Bo Xilai

Inside China: Beijing's hot Bo-tato

The show trial in China of recently purged communist leader Bo Xilai has become an unexpected national sensation. Mr. Bo has cleverly — and some say with carefully delivered court eloquence — turned the tables on his accusers and indirectly on the Communist Party judicial system. And the incumbent Communist Party supreme leadership appears to be furious. Published August 29, 2013

Inside China: China ridicules Indian navy

The successful launch of India's first indigenously built aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant, and the tragic accident of an Indian navy Kilo-class submarine that killed 18 sailors created fodder for Chinese state media to use in ridiculing its neighbor. Published August 22, 2013

Inside China: Military delays commercial flights

In a rare moment of candor, the official China Daily newspaper disclosed that China's notorious commercial airline delays are caused mainly by a near monopoly on airspace by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force. Published August 15, 2013

Inside China: PLA on Taiwan's weapons

A People's Liberation Army major general said recently that Taiwan should abandon the U.S. as its main weapons supplier and buy arms from Beijing instead. Published August 1, 2013

Ma Ying-jeou

Inside China: China's' Xi courts Taiwan's Ma

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou of the ruling Kuomintang Party received a rare congratulation message from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Analysts say the message contained some surprises. Published July 25, 2013

Inside China: Chinese navy courts Seychelles

The Chinese naval vessel the Harbin, a Type 052 heavy destroyer, arrived mid-June at the Republic of Seychelles with a special mission: Display friendliness and take part in the Seychelles National Day parade. Published July 11, 2013

Inside China: Hong Kong protests

About 430,000 Hong Kong residents braved heavy rain Sunday to demand the direct election of local leaders. Demonstrators filled the main streets in defiance of the Chinese communist government. Published July 4, 2013


Inside China: Park Geun-hye fever sweeps China

For weeks, China has been anticipating the first state visit by South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye. She began her tour Thursday, and China's state-controlled media have been fanning "Park fever" to highlight the "strategic importance" of her visit. Published June 27, 2013