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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye walk to their seats for the start of a trilateral meeting with the U.S. in 2014. Japan and Korea's leaders have yet to meet one-on-one. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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For China, Japan And S. Korea, Just Meeting Is An Accomplishment

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Models for children's wear wait for a show during China Fashion Week in Beijing on Thursday. China announced an end to the one-child policy for urban couples that had been place for more than three decades. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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As China Lifts One-Child Policy, Many Chinese Respond With Snark

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A Gwadar fisherman relaxes as the sun goes down. Abdul Sattar for NPR hide caption

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In A Remote Seaside Town, China Envisions A New 'Silk Road'

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"When I was in New York, I wanted to hang out with all these amazing musicians that I really admired," says nightclub D-22 owner Michael Pettis. "But I wasn't cool enough. So I figured, well, if I create a club and they all play there, then I get to hang out with them." Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

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A state-owned company started building "Liquor City" in a suburb of Luliang to help diversify the economy away from coal. But a massive anti-corruption campaign has damaged demand for expensive Chinese baijiu, or white liquor, and for now, the factory complex remains unfinished. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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China's White Elephants: Ghost Cities, Lonely Airports, Desolate Factories

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Tourists cram onto the Great Wall in Beijing, China, on Oct. 2, the second day of the National Day holidays. Xing Guangli/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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How Traveling In China Went From Adventure To Ordeal

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A view of Canton (Guangzhou), on the Pearl River in China, circa 1840. Canton was already a great trading port when the American ship Empress of China arrived in 1784 to fill up its hold with tea. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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3 Scientists Awarded Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

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Arriving at a hospital seven hours' drive from his remote village in the mountains, former gold miner He Quangui is finally put in a ward. The doctors are puncturing his chest cavity with a needle to remove air that had escaped from his damaged lungs. In pain, He Quangui tries to clasp the drip pulley hanging from the ceiling; his brother-in-law Mi Shiliang is at a loss for how to comfort him. Sim Chi Yin/VII hide caption

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Damaged buildings are seen in Liucheng County in south China's Guangxi region. The death toll from 17 suspected mail bombs in the area rose to seven Wednesday afternoon. Zhang Ailin AILIN/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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