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

Articles by Miles Yu

Inside China: Murder, Xi wrote

The bizarre affair involving China's flamboyant princeling, former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, continues to dazzle the world following Bo's unceremonious ouster as the regional communist viceroy on March 15. Published April 11, 2012

Inside China: A powder keg in Northeast Asia

North Korea's planned launch of what it calls a Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite on a space launcher, scheduled to take place between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the late dictator Kim Il-sung's birth, has dramatically intensified the already volatile security environment in Northeast Asia, causing a crisis that threatens to bring war to the region. Published April 4, 2012

Inside China: Red Songs curbed but not banned

A signature action of ousted Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai was to hold mass rallies for the singing of communist songs, or "red songs." Mr. Bo's program was officially curtailed by the new propaganda chief, who announced the move Monday in the southwestern metropolis of more than 30 million people. Published March 28, 2012

Inside China: Shake-up stirs party fears

The unceremonious dismissal March 15 of high-ranking communist official Bo Xilai - the powerful party chief of the world's largest metropolis, Chongqing - is causing major concern over the Communist Party's ability to control the ultimate guarantor of the regime, the 2.28 million-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA). Published March 21, 2012

Inside China: Markets, humans and animals

At a corporate gathering a few months ago in China, the chairman of a major company made this sentimental remark: "[My company] has a workforce of over 1 million worldwide, and as human beings are also animals, to manage 1 million animals gives me a headache." Published March 14, 2012

Bo Xilai, party secretary of the western city of Chongqing, speaks during a news conference after a Chongqing delegation meeting of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Saturday, March 6, 2010. Bo is the rare official in China with a strong public personality, which could help him with media and popular attention but might not help him within the upper levels of the conservative, ruling Communist Party. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Inside China: Security spending tops defense

For two years in a row, China will spend a huge portion of its annual budget on forces used to check growing social discontent and for protecting the communist regime from popular challenges. The official budget figure for internal security spending released this week highlights Beijing's anxiety about mounting social unrest and its determined focus on countering it. Published March 7, 2012

Inside China: 'Fierce of mien but faint of heart'

The recently announced shift in the U.S. strategic emphasis toward the Asia-Pacific region represents a strategic bluff by a declining America against a rising China that will fail because China can defeat the U.S. militarily. Published February 29, 2012

Inside China

Taiwan's navy plans to buy eight new submarines to face off against China's much larger submarine fleet, according to reports from the island nation. Published February 22, 2012

Inside China

Lai Changxing, the primary suspect in China's biggest smuggling case since the founding of the communist state, was charged last week after a 12-year legal battle between China and Canada, according to official Chinese press. Published February 15, 2012

Inside China

The Chinese Communist Party's Propaganda Department issued an order two weeks ago establishing party control units for all of China's booming microblogging Internet service providers. The committees were directed to exercise direct state and party control and censorship, the Taiwan-based United Daily News reported Jan. 6. Published February 8, 2012

Undersecretary of State Maria Otero has expressed concern over "reports of violence and continuing heightened tensions in Tibetan areas of China." (Associated Press)

Inside China

China is engaged in the most repressive crackdown on Tibetans since 2008 and is intensifying a communist brainwashing campaign that is targeting Tibetans. The government in Beijing is calling the new campaign the "Nine Must-Haves." Published February 1, 2012

**FILE** The string of islands known as Senkaku islands in Japanese, and Diaoyu in Chinese, are seen here Sept. 29, 2010. Relations between China and Japan were strained when a Chinese fishing boat collided with Japanese patrol vessels earlier that month near the islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries as well as Taiwan. (Associated Press)

Inside China

China continues to surge at an unprecedented speed as the world's major contender to dominate space exploration. Last year, China's 19 space launches surpassed the U.S. rate for the first time in history. For 2012, China's government has announced plans to loft 21 spacecraft carrying 30 satellites into orbit, and it has vowed to keep up that pace at least through 2020. That's when China presumably will take over as the leading spacefaring nation, and the only nation remaining with an operating space station. Published January 25, 2012

Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. became the target of an anti-American campaign after he said the "Internet generation" will bring change in China. (Associated Press)

Inside China

China's ruling Communist Party is waging a counteroffensive against what party General Secretary Hu Jintao calls the "ideological and cultural infiltration launched by hostile forces in the West." Published January 18, 2012

Inside China

The U.S. government recently sold the Chinese a highly sophisticated imaging device used on space telescopes that can be used by China's military for high-tech spying, according to a report in a Chinese newspaper. Published January 11, 2012

Inside China

The late Chinese scientist and defector Qian Xuesen won lavish praise from Chinese Communist Party leaders in early December on 100th anniversary of his birth. Published January 4, 2012