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The New York Times says the investigation took place against a backdrop of a major breach of CIA informants in China that began around 2010. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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A 30-foot by 30-foot mock-up of the Titanic replica now under construction stands near the construction site in China's Sichuan Province. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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A Life-Size Replica Of The Titanic Is Under Construction In China's Countryside

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The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi was ablaze Sunday after a collision with a freighter off China's east coast. One crew member is dead and 31 are missing, as rescue efforts are hampered by bad weather and the fire. AP hide caption

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These are some of the books from the study. From left: The Cat That Eats Letters by Ge Jing. The Foolish Old Man Who Removed The Mountain by Cai Feng. The Jar of Happiness by Aisla Burrows. from left: Shandong Education Press; Shanghai people's Fine Arts Publishing House; Child's Play International. hide caption

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from left: Shandong Education Press; Shanghai people's Fine Arts Publishing House; Child's Play International.

What's The Difference Between Children's Books In China And The U.S.?

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Liu Jin Yin, a 26-year-old farmer, has thousands of viewers a day watching his livestream diaries of life on the farm. He has nearly 200,000 subscribers and earns about $1,500 a month. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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Livestreaming Country Life Is Turning Some Chinese Farmers Into Celebrities

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On the domestic front in 2018, President Trump is expected to focus on immigration, infrastructure, welfare and health care. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Young women cosplay as the main characters of the mobile game Arena of Valor in Tianjin, China, in October. More than half the game's players in China are female. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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China's Most Popular Mobile Game Charges Into American Market

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center), Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani (left) and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif (right) speak after the first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Beijing on Dec. 26. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Emboldened By A Strengthening Economy, China Flexes Its Diplomatic Muscles

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U.S. reconnaissance images show a North Korean ship, the Rye Song Gang 1, conducting a ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, in an effort to evade sanctions on Oct. 19. South Korea has seized a ship it suspects of participating in such transfers. U.S. Treasury Department hide caption

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Children stand at attention on the first day of school in Hong Kong in 2015. Education is increasingly becoming a political battleground. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

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Authorities have given residents in Jiugong Township of Beijing, many of whom are migrant laborers, just days to clear out before they shut off all electricity and water. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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For Decades, China's Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They're Being Forced Out

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Artist's rendition of a family of pterosaurs, which had massive wingspans of up to 13 feet and likely ate fish with their large teeth-filled jaws. Illustrated by Zhao Chuang hide caption

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LeEco CEO Jia Yueting speaks in San Francisco in October 2016. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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For China's High-Flying Tycoons, A Precarious Balance

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PLA Gen. Zhang Yang, center, at a meeting of the National People's Congress in March 2013 in Beijing. Zhang, who was under investigation for corruption, took his own life last week, state media reported. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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