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

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A Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft pushes China's amphibious capability "to a new height."

Inside China: China touts euro landing craft

Chinese state-owned media recently showcased the importance of its newly delivered Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft. The world's largest hovercraft was built and sold to China by Ukraine. Published June 20, 2013

** FILE ** In this Feb. 22, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Inside China: Carrier's engineers worked to death

At least 15 Chinese were worked to death in response to leaders' orders to finish refurbishing the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier. A senior military engineer revealed the deaths in noting that the work was finished far ahead of schedule. Published June 13, 2013

Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of staff for the Chinese army, delivered an about-face to an international conference claiming China recognizes that the Ryukyu island chain belongs to Japan after all.
(Associated Press)

Inside China: General says Japan owns Okinawa

After weeks of challenging Japan's sovereignty over the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, through official Chinese state-run media, Beijing recently voiced a sudden change of heart. Published June 6, 2013

The People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, started a column in mid-March titled "Immoral and Untrustworthy Americans," though two months later it changed the title to "The America You Don't Yet Know."

Inside China: China's anti-American column

The People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, has hosted since March 20 a column titled "Immoral and Untrustworthy Americans," dedicated to a "comprehensive understanding of the United States and the Americans." Published May 30, 2013

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force patrols the Senkaku Islands, which China calls the Diaoyu Islands, in the East China Sea. China is trying to strengthen its claim on tiny, uninhabited, Japanese-controlled islands by raising questions about the much larger Okinawa chain that is home to more than 1 million Japanese along with major U.S. military installations. Tokyo has issued a "stern protest." (Associated Press)

Inside China: China vs. Japan and U.S. on Okinawa

China is challenging a key American policy toward Japan: the unambiguous U.S. support of Japan's sovereign rights to the Ryukyu island chain, including the key strategic island of Okinawa. Published May 16, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting in Moscow on Monday. It was the first Russian visit by a Japanese prime minister in 10 years. (Associated Press)

Inside China: Chagrined by Shinzo Abe's Russia visit

Japan is using "value diplomacy" to create the geopolitical encirclement of China, according to China's state-run media. That point was emphasized across the communist nation's media spectrum as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began a historic seven-day visit to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Published May 2, 2013

Chinese soldiers unload relief supplies from a helicopter in quake-ravaged Sichuan province. Saturday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least 186 and injured thousands. The military is in full control of relief and rescue, with citizen-initiated efforts to help strictly banned.

Inside China: PLA center stage in quake relief

What was presumed to be an earthquake relief operation led by civilians quickly became an all-out campaign by the People's Liberation Army to show off its mobilization capability and high-tech weapons with an over-the-top propaganda theme — "The PLA Loves The People." Published April 25, 2013

"I want you all to combine your personal ideals with the 'dream to strengthen the military,'" Chinese President Xi Jinping  said during a recent visit to a submarine and destroyer base. (Associated Press)

Inside China: Xi promotes 'military dream'

Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a special visit April 9 to a submarine and destroyer base at Sanya in the southern maritime province of Hainan in what is viewed as a major boost to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy's morale and ambition. Published April 18, 2013

Rear Adm. Zhang Zhaozhong initiated a discussion of kelp farming and its supposed ability to keep U.S. submarines from the Yellow Sea that was mocked in some quarters. The admiral is also a professor at China's National Defense University

Inside China: Army to restrict auto tags to curb fraud

The Chinese People's Liberation Army will impose a much tougher regulation May 1 aimed at curbing the explosion of luxury vehicles sporting military license plates that provide drivers with coveted privileges and swagger. Published April 4, 2013

(Associated Press)

Inside China: China targets 'military crimes'

China this week announced a tough new regulation, effective Thursday, that specifies severe prosecution and punishment for military personnel who commit any of 31 types of criminal acts. Published March 28, 2013

Lei Feng, a half-real, half-fabricated man depicted by the Chinese government as the communist model soldier, has become a political icon. (Associated Press)

Inside China: Lei Feng and China’s zeitgeist

Lei Feng, the famed half-real, half-fabricated communist model soldier — killed when a telephone pole fell on him more than 50 years ago — is making a dramatic comeback in China's cultural and political life, thanks to vigorous promotion by the Communist Party's new leader, Xi Jinping. Published March 14, 2013

Inside China: Taiwan VIP’s pilgrimage to Beijing

Lien Chan, a former vice president of Taiwan who holds an honorary chairmanship of the ruling Kuomintang party, has become entangled in a controversy that is placing the island democracy's politics on the edge. Published March 7, 2013


Inside China: China says Japan lied about radar

After days of silence, the Chinese government went public with a comment on Japan's protest over a Chinese navy missile frigate that twice beamed its targeting radar on a Japanese helicopter and a Japanese destroyer last month. Published February 14, 2013

Inside China: English-speaking enemy

In a recent air-combat exercise, the drill master pulled a trick on the "Red Team" representing the Chinese air force by having pilots of the enemy "Blue Team" shout orders in English. Published February 8, 2013