In this 1969 photo, U.S. President Nixon welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato at the White House when the two leaders were holding talks concerning the return of Okinawa to Japanese control. This week, a Japanese government-appointed panel confirmed the existence of secret U.S.-Japan agreements, including ones signed by Nixon and Sato in 1969 allowing nuclear weapons in Japan. AP hide caption

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Chinese People's Liberation Army sailors march past Beijing's Tiananmen Square last October during celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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Simon Wang (left), a participant in the Mr. Gay China pageant, reacts after the event was canceled by authorities in Beijing on Jan. 15. Police shut down what would have been China's first gay pageant just an hour before it was to start, organizers said. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Local residents protest against a U.S. military base in Kadena on Japan's Okinawa island, Nov. 5, 2009. Most U.S. bases in Japan are on the southern island and have been the source of tensions for decades. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sea cucumber with swan goose meat. Xiao Kaijing for NPR hide caption

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The skyline of Pudong, the financial district of Shanghai. This year China is expected to replace Japan as the world's second-largest economy, and Germany as the world's biggest exporter. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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