The tables are set in the State Dining Room of the White House for Friday's state dinner honoring visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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"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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Amid Tensions, China's President Heads To The U.S.

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A 2012 photo of Zhou Yongkang, the then-Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security. Zhou has been sentenced to life in prison over charges of corruption. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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With the Xi Jinping app, you can read about the Chinese president's love of soccer and his recipe for progress in reform, economic development, rule of law and party governance. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China's President Xi Jinping has launched a number of crackdowns since coming to power, like suppressing Internet speech. But his anti-corruption drive has made him widely popular among ordinary Chinese. Jorge Silva/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Despite Crackdowns, China's President Rides A Wave Of Popularity

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"The two armies of corruption and anti-corruption are at a stalemate," China's president, Xi Jinping, reportedly told a closed-door Politburo meeting in late June. Jorge Silva/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday. Biden met with China's president to discuss issues that include China's recent claim of an air defense zone. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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