A U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle makes its way to shore after leaving an amphibious transport dock ship during a landing exercise on a beach at San Antonio in the Philippines' Zambales Province on April 21, 2015. The exercise was part of annual Philippine-U.S. joint maneuvers and took place some 137 miles east of the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Hague Tribunal's South China Sea Ruling Inflame U.S.-China Tensions?

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Small fishing boats sit in the dock in Tanmen on Hainan Island. The government has subsidized the upgrading of Tanmen's fishing fleet as part of its drive to exert more control in the South China Sea. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In A Chinese Port Town, South China Sea Dispute Is Personal

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Ten Years is an independent film featuring five separate stories that imagine what Hong Kong would be like in 2025. One is about a pro-democracy protester who immolates herself in front of the British consulate. Courtesy of Golden Scene hide caption

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Former Secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Ling Jihua, seen here in 2013, was found guilty of accepting bribes and allowing his wife and son to benefit from corruption. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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Taiwan's Navy Chief of Staff Mei Chia-shu discusses the inadvertent launching of a missile during a news conference in Taipei Friday. Taiwan Ministry of National Defense hide caption

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China's President Xi Jinping, left, speaks from the stage with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, center, during the opening ceremony of the 8th U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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In U.S.-China Talks, The Metaphors Flow Freely

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China's President Xi Jinping (right), chats with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center), and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew during the joint opening ceremony of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues in Beijing on Monday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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A Rocky Time In U.S.-China Relations As Leaders Meet In Beijing

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Buildings are seen shrouded in smog from the 102nd floor of Seoul's Lotte World Tower in December 2015. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Korea's Air Is Dirty, But It's Not All Close-Neighbor China's Fault

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Automated sewing machines embroider oversized patches for the tongues of New Balance sneakers at a factory in Skowhegan, Maine. Murray Carpenter hide caption

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Chinese Consumers Embrace New Balance's 'Made In USA' Label

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Dogs look out from a cage at a market on June 20, 2014 in Yulin, China. Festival goers celebrate the summer solstice by consuming dog meat, lychees and alcohol to ensure good health. Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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The Chinese company Fuling Plastic set up a plant in Allentown, Pa., last year. The company, which makes straws and other plastic products, supplies fast food chains. Chinese companies are expected to invest about $30 billion in the U.S. this year, doubling the record set last year. Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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China Ramps Up U.S. Investments, From Straws To Semiconductors

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