In one of the four intertwining storylines of the brutal Chinese drama A Touch of Sin, a young receptionist (Zhao Tao) must resort to violence to defend herself. Kino Lorber hide caption

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A Brutal Movie From China, Ripped From The Headlines
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Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth
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New York University in Shanghai is the first Sino-U.S. joint university. Here, a student speaks with an NYU staffer on Aug. 11. Liu Xiaojing/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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For Some NYU Students, A Sweet Deal To Study ... In Shanghai
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Sky City, a replica of Paris, is a 40-minute drive from Hangzhou in East China's Zhejiang province. The rich people that developers hoped would move here never materialized. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Visit Paris And Venice In The Same Afternoon (In China)
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A police officer blocks photos from being taken outside Zhongnanhai, the central headquarters for the Communist Party of China, in Beijing last year. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China's Debate: Must The Party Follow The Constitution?
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A zoo in central China's Henan province swapped a dog — a Tibetan mastiff like the one shown here — for a lion, in another story that recently swept Chinese cyberspace. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Too Weird To Be True? In China, You Never Can Tell
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Corruption Trial Not Working Out As Communist Party Had Hoped
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In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, Bo Xilai appears Thursday on the first day of his trial in eastern China's Shandong province. Interestingly, he was photographed flanked by two very tall policemen. AP hide caption

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Thousands descended on a job fair in Shanghai earlier this year. This summer nearly 7 million people graduated from Chinese colleges, but jobs are harder to find than in previous years. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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China's College Grads Face A New Reality: Fewer Jobs
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Metallica at a packed concert this week at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena. Ross Halfin hide caption

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An American Headliner In China: Metallica's Shanghai Debut
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People cool off Wednesday in a pool in Shanghai, where temperatures reached an all-time record: 105.4 degrees. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave
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A waiter delivers glasses of wine to guests at a luxury hotel bar near the Bund in Shanghai, on Sept. 8, 2012. Aly Song/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Gatsby-Like Extravagance And Wealth ... In Communist China
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A woman walks past the headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing. Jason Lee/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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China's Leaders Beginning To Confront Its Economic Problems
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China's Credit Crunch Felt Across Financial Markets
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