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Weiqi Zhu, an equity derivatives trader in Hong Kong, is one of an increasing number of financial sector employees from mainland China who are dominating the city's banking sector. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

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Over the years, Beijing has tightened its political grip over Hong Kong, a city of more than 7 million people, and income inequality has risen. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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20 Years After Handover, Hong Kong Residents Reflect On Life Under Chinese Rule

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A driver uses his smartphone to pay the highway toll with Alipay, an app of Alibaba's online payment service, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, A Cashless Trend Is Taking Hold With Mobile Payments

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Mya Soe, 58, holds a photograph of his daughter Kyi Pyar Soe on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, last year. He says he was told that his daughter was trafficked to China. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ozzie Ling, manager of Shanghai's Yingyi Golf Club, says government inspection squads will sometimes visit his club, looking for wayward government officials who might be guests of the club. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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China's Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

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Cows graze near Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. China has replaced the United States as the second-largest foreign owner of agricultural land in Australia. (The UK is No. 1.) Auscape/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland?

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A security guard stands at the gate of the kindergarten in Xuzhou, where a blast killed at least seven people and injured dozens more on Thursday. Authorities say the cause was a bomb built by a man who died in the explosion. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The theft of agricultural trade secrets is a growing problem, according to the FBI. University of Michigan School of Environment and Sustainability/Flickr hide caption

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Video footage posted online shows a group of people pushing a live donkey into a tiger enclosure at a zoo near Shanghai, as a form of shareholder protest. Live Leak/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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