The Zhoushan oil reserve in China's Zhejiang province. China started to build its national oil reserves as early as 2003 to offset oil supply risks and reduce the impact of fluctuating energy prices. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Defendants face sentencing for a variety of charges linked to organized crime, including murder and extortion, during a trial in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on Oct. 21. The government's largest anti-organized crime prosecution in a half-century is currently under way. Already, six people have been sentenced to death. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Positec power-tool factory in Suzhou Industrial Park — about 50 miles outside Shanghai — is suffering a worker shortage; it lacks about 200 employees, or about 10 percent of the workforce. In an effort to attract workers, the factory has increased wages by 10 percent and is building new dorms and a canteen. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Meng Jinghui is China's leading avant-garde theater director. His latest work, Murder in the Hanging Garden, is a musical — his first — and it addresses "the relentless grabbing for material goods and people's spiritual loss." Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Pakistani paramilitary soldiers take position outside a police training center after gunmen attacked in Lahore on Thursday. A recent wave of attacks has raised questions about Pakistan's ability to secure its nuclear weapons facilities. Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The demilitarized zone, or DMZ, divides North and South Korea. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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