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A Chinese-backed power plant under construction in 2018 in the desert in the Tharparkar district of Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is China Placing A Global Bet On Coal?

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The toy company Lepin was raided by Chinese authorities in Shenzhen, China last week for allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products. picture alliance/picture alliance via Getty Image hide caption

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Giant concrete pylons rise from the Mekong River north of Luang Prabang, where a bridge is under construction. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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In Laos, A Chinese-Funded Railway Sparks Hope For Growth — And Fears Of Debt

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This year, the U.S. canceled visas for Chinese government-linked scholars over concerns that such exchanges are conduits for peddling influence and for espionage. Increased scrutiny has delayed visas to hundreds of Chinese students. Meanwhile, American academics are having difficulty receiving visas to China. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Visas Are The Newest Weapon In U.S.-China Rivalry

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Created by Chinese programmers, 996.ICU has become a popular repository of workers' rights campaign materials on the website GitHub. The name is a play on a refrain that long work hours of 9 to 9, six days a week, could send tech workers to the intensive care unit. 996.ICU/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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GitHub Has Become A Haven For China's Censored Internet Users

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Liu Yuejin of China's National Narcotics Control Commission speaks at a Beijing press conference on Monday. He announced that all fentanyl-related drugs will become controlled substances, effective May 1. Sam McNeil/AP hide caption

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A Chinese site engineer is seen during construction of an extension of the Southern Expressway in Sri Lanka, in November. The project is part of Beijing's massive Belt and Road Initiative. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Meng Hongwei was the president of Interpol when he was reported missing while on a trip to China last fall. He's now facing prosecution on bribery charges, China's Communist Party says. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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The German headquarters of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in Duesseldorf, Germany. The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Huawei's 5G technology. Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters hide caption

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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses To Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

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Kuang Yang burns a Chinese flag to protest human rights abuses, outside British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on March 6, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Canada Gets Squeezed Between China And The U.S.

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The U.S. used to ship about 7 million tons of plastic trash to China a year, where much of it was recycled into raw materials. Then came the Chinese crackdown of 2018. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?

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A truck passes a stack of China Shipping containers at the Port of Savannah in Georgia on July 5, 2018. The U.S. goods trade deficit with China hit a record $419.2 billion in 2018. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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A worker helps load steel rods April 6, 2016, at a plant in Tangshan, in China's Hebei province. China's government plays a powerful role in how its businesses operate — giving them preferential treatment over their rivals. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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China's Close Government-Business Ties Are A Key Challenge In U.S. Trade Talks

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