The number of children who need glasses has risen quickly across East Asia and Southeast Asia. But some parents and doctors in China are skeptical of lenses. They think glasses weaken children's vision. Imaginechina/Corbis hide caption

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during their talks in Beijing on Wednesday. In a tweet she sent out today, Kirchner appeared to mock Chinese speech. Pang Xinglei/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Some DVD vendors in Shanghai still sell on the street, but a government crackdown forced most out of business or into storefronts. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Some fake Apple stores like this one in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province, were so authentic-looking that even some of their employees didn't know they were fake. Stephen Shaver/UPI/Landov hide caption

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On Jan. 1, people gathered at a makeshift memorial marking the site of a New Year's Eve stampede on the Bund in Shanghai, China. Three dozen people died, and dozens more were injured. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Senior citizens eat dinner in the unheated dining room of their government-funded retirement home in rapidly aging Juegang Township, Rudong County, in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Just a few years ago, the town had only one such facility; now it has five. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Most of Bishan's young adults have moved to big cities to find jobs, leaving elders and children behind in the quiet village. Courtesy of Sun Yunfan hide caption

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Buddhists pour fish into the river in Shanghai. Environmentalists say the ritual, while well-intentioned, can introduce invasive species. Many of the fish are quickly swooped up in nets by fishermen who position themselves nearby. Julia Langfitt for NPR hide caption

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Wynn Macau casino resort is one of several new glitzy hotel-casinos that have gone up in the former Portuguese colony since the gambling industry there was liberalized in 2002. Bobby Yip/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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China's President Xi Jinping, shown speaking in Bruges, Belgium, back in April, has made fighting corruption one of his top priorities. Many Chinese bureaucrats are angry, saying a loss of bribes has greatly reduced their incomes. Yves Logghe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR reporter Frank Langfitt and one of his "customers," a biotech worker, whom he drove to a self-help conference in Shanghai's sprawling Pudong District. NPR hide caption

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Farmers confront riot police at the site of the Letpadaung copper mine in northwestern Myanmar on Monday. A woman was fatally shot during a crackdown on protesters at the Chinese-backed copper mine. AP hide caption

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Shang Aiyun (second left) and Li Sanren (second right) mourn at the grave of their son, Huugjilt, in Hohhot, China. Huugjilt was executed in 1996 for the rape and murder of a woman in a public toilet. He was cleared of the crime on Monday. Ren Junchuan/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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An employee displays a gold bar at a gold refining workshop of the plant of Uralelektromed Joint Stock Company (JSC), the enterprise of Ural Mining and Metallurgical company (UMMC) in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma, outside Yekaterinburg, Oct. 17. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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