"I was most captivated by Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea," Chinese President Xi Jinping told his audience at a banquet in Seattle on Tuesday night. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Xi Jinping presided over a Beijing military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. To some observers, this showed Xi in firm political and military control. On the economic side, though, the signals are more mixed. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech during the international seminar commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 19 joint statement of six-party talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on Saturday. Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Luliang is in recession, but developers continue to build apartment blocks even though demand for real estate is drying up. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Military vehicles carrying Wing Loong — a Chinese-made, medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle — drive past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat in Beijing on Thursday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Customers line up to enter the Gucci shop at a mall in Shanghai. ALY SONG/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Wednesday. The country's stock markets have nosedived. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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The Yuz Museum is one of the private museums that have begun cropping up along Shanghai's riverfront, part of a government effort to make the West Bund area a cultural destination. Here are recent works by Yang Zhenzhong, Shi Qing, and Yu Ji from the exhibition Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy. Courtesy of the Yuz Museum hide caption

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Medical volunteers walk past tents set up on the playground of a primary school as temporary shelters for victims after explosions in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 13. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Tongying Liu, who suffers from mental illness, eats dinner in a corner while her son, Tong Xiao, and his younger sister, Ling Xiao, try to keep their box of snacks from their pig. Tongying had six children but hacked her oldest son to death and let three others starve. Liu Yuyang/At Home With Mental Illness hide caption

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A Chinese court says that Qiaodan Sports' logo of a basketball player's silhouette does not infringe on Air Jordan's famous "jumpman." Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People carry their luggage as they are evacuated Saturday in the aftermath of a huge explosion that rocked the port city of Tianjin, China. Wu Hong/EPA /Landov hide caption

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黄梅花, 18岁. 在2008年中国西南方的毁灭性地震中失去了膝盖以下的双腿。今年将要开始高中的最后一年, 这个地方让她学会英语, 参加 SATs (美国高考)并且希望有机会能在美国或者加拿大念书。 Courtesy of Huang Meihua hide caption

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Meihua and her parents shared a room at a temporary school following the earthquake. She's shown here with her mother in 2009, a year after the quake. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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