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Ethnic Chinese students from the United States and Indonesia join local students for a martial arts class in Taishan, a city in China's Guangdong province. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China Tries To Woo A Sprawling Global Chinese Diaspora

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The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge was lit up in Hong Kong on Monday, days before opening for public use. Called the world's longest cross-sea project, the bridge and tunnel extends for 34 miles. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Japanese troops enter Manchuria in 1933. Tokyo sent soldiers and settlers to Manchuria and exerted direct and indirect influence there. Japanese official publications treated Manchuria's people much in the same way as China's Xinhua News Agency now treats those of Xinjiang and Tibet. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi toast after signing a joint statement on establishing diplomatic relations in June 2017 in Beijing. Greg Baler/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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China Lures Taiwan's Latin American Allies

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A woman walks in front of the China Development Bank tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai in 2015. That and the Export-Import Bank of China have provided nearly $1 trillion in financing to foreign governments since the early 2000s. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with President Trump during a joint statement in Beijing last November. Rather than a frontal assault on U.S. leadership, Xi has articulated his vision of a "community of shared destiny." Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saleem Abbas, a 17-year-old from northern Pakistan, sits front and center in his Chinese language class taught by Nayyar Nawaz at Pakistan's National University of Modern Languages. Saiyna Bashir for NPR hide caption

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In Pakistan, Learning Chinese Is Cool — And Seen As A Path To Prosperity

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Chinese Firms Now Hold Stakes In Over A Dozen European Ports

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People cheer and throw confetti after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a cargo train for its inaugural journey to Nairobi last year at the port of the coastal town of Mombasa. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A New Chinese-Funded Railway In Kenya Sparks Debt-Trap Fears

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Interpol says President Meng Hongwei resigned on Sunday. Chinese authorities say they're investigating him as part of an anti-corruption campaign. Mikhail Metzel/Mikhail Metzel/TASS hide caption

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Brazilian and Chinese players practice at the Desportivo Brasil academy, in Porto Feliz, Brazil, in September. Patrícia Monteiro for NPR hide caption

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China And Brazil Woo Each Other With Soccer Power

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China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley

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A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Boulevard in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. China faced unprecedented criticism of its brutal repression of unarmed citizens demanding more freedoms. More recently, China has begun promoting its model of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" as the preferred path for advancing human rights. Jeff Widener/AP hide caption

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Interpol President Meng Hongwei's wife reported him missing after he left France to visit China. He's seen here during the Interpol World Congress in Singapore last July. Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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