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A man uses a magnifying glass to read a newspaper headline reporting on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Asia visit, at a stand in Beijing, Sunday, July 31, 2022. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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A security guard stands near a sculpture of the Chinese Communist Party flag at the Museum of the Communist Party of China on May 26, 2022, in Beijing. China said it was conducting military exercises Saturday, off its coast opposite Taiwan. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Yoshikazu Netsuno (left) watches his son Shinichi hammer a thick stack of specialized paper. In between each sheet is a thin layer of gold leaf. "My son is going to take over this business, so in our case, we had a successor," Netsuno says. "Many other artisans' families in Kanazawa were not so lucky." Jackie Northam/NPR hide caption

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Japan's traditional crafts are struggling to survive the country's population decline

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A worker stands on a platform near a Chinese national flag, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Beijing. China's economy contracted in the three months ending in June compared with the previous quarter after Shanghai and other cities shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, but the government said a "stable recovery" is under way after businesses reopened. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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FILE - This combination image shows U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, Nov. 6, 2021, and China's President Xi Jinping in Brasília, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2019. Alex Brandon, Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is shown in custody in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008. Bout was later extradited to the U.S. and convicted of conspiring to kill Americans. He's serving a 25-year sentence, but he may be part of a prisoner swap the U.S. and Russia are trying to negotiate. Chumsak Kanoknan/Getty Images hide caption

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Taiwanese honor guards stand by under a national flag during a military ceremony in front of the presidential office in Taipei on March 9. Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden and China's Xi discuss tensions over Taiwan

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A woman prays after offering a bouquet of flowers at the memorial area set up for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Hiro Komae/AP hide caption

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Shinzo Abe's assassination spotlights Unification Church links to Japan's politics

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A lawmaker in the Philippines really hates it when someone ghosts him

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Biden-Xi phone call is expected to cover Taiwan, tariffs and other issues

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In this government provided photo, Kim Jong Un delivers a defiant speech during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the signing of the ceasefire armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War. AP hide caption

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The largest navy exercise in the world is underway, increasingly focused on China

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An Afghan woman walks with a child in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 28, 2022. A newly released report from Amnesty International, "Death in Slow Motion," focuses on a range of issues affecting girls and women. Foremost among them are child and forced marriage. WAKIL KOHSAR/Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China has warned of taking 'strong measures' should Nancy Pelosi travel to Taiwan

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Hong Kong's Star Ferry shuttles passengers back and forth across Victoria Harbor. This spring, the Star Ferry reported a loss of about $9 million since the middle of 2019. Ridership has plummeted. John Ruwitch/NPR hide caption

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Hong Kong's Star Ferry faces an uncertain future, as ridership falls and debt climbs

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