A couple waits for a high-speed train in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao. Modern infrastructure and the expanding private sector have greatly increased efficiency and customer service in many parts of Chinese life. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, Customer Service And Efficiency Begin To Blossom

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China's Leaders Promise To Speed Up Economic Reform

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Skyscrapers are obscured by heavy haze in Beijing on Jan. 13. Air pollution remains a serious — sometimes overwhelming — problem, but researchers say environmental technology is available to solve it. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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China's Air Pollution: Is The Government Willing To Act?

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One of the highlights of the new China Art Palace in Shanghai is a giant digital rendering of a famous ancient scroll, "Along the River During Qingming Festival," which includes figures that walk and talk. The work was first presented at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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China Builds Museums, But Filling Them Is Another Story

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A Vietnamese rhino horn user displays her horn, which was a gift from her well-to-do sister. Last year, rhino horn sold for up to $1,400 an ounce in Vietnam, about the price of gold these days. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa

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Rhino Horns Fuel Deadly, Intercontinental Trade

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A woman wearing a mask rides past a KFC restaurant in Shanghai last month. Food scares and the bird flu haven't stopped many chicken lovers in the city from visiting KFC and other restaurants. Aly Song/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Rat 'Mutton' And Bird Flu: Strange Days For Meat Eaters In Shanghai

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Models abound at this week's Shanghai auto show. This one, in a latex cat suit, was drawing attention to an SUV by Landwind, a Chinese company that sells about 10,000 vehicles a year. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Ford, the No. 12 passenger-car seller in China, is showing off 23 vehicles at its exhibit at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition this week. Frank Langfitt /NPR hide caption

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These Days, More And More Chinese Have Driven A Ford Lately

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South Korean rapper PSY performs at his concert in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Will Lightning Strike Twice For K-Pop's PSY?

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Kerry: North Korea Not Likely To Use Nuclear Missile

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Kerry: U.S. Will Not Accept A Nuclear-Armed North Korea

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A South Korean soldier patrols as vehicles returning from the jointly run Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea arrive at a checkpoint in Paju, north of Seoul, on April 6. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A Symbol Of Korean Cooperation Becomes A Political Casualty

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Amid Korean Tensions, Kerry To visit Seoul

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Carrying on as usual: Shoppers in central Seoul on Monday. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A View From South Korea: The North Is 'A Playground Bully'

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