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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) looks on as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks with and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Shanghai on Wednesday. Ng Han Guan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trucks churn up coal dust at the Tavan Tolgoi coal mine in the South Gobi desert. The Tavan Tolgoi deposit is estimated to possess 6.5 billion tons of coal, including high-grade coking coal — a product vital to the steel-making process. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Mongolia's Long Road To Mining Wealth

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (from left), U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He gather for a meeting in Beijing on May 1. They are meeting again in Shanghai this week. Andy Wong/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In this 2011 photo, Hu Jintao, then China's president, visits the Confucius Institute at the Walter Payton College Preparatory High School in Chicago. China established more than 100 Confucius Institutes, which provide language and culture programs, at U.S. schools. But at least 13 universities have dropped the program due to a law that raises concerns about Chinese spying. Chris Walker/AP hide caption

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As Scrutiny Of China Grows, Some U.S. Schools Drop A Language Program

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The State Department in Washington, D.C., in 2014. A former ­office manager there was sentenced to 40 months in prison for concealing her exchanges with Chinese intelligence agents. Luis M. Alvarez/AP hide caption

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University administrators say the FBI, whose headquarters are shown above, has urged them to monitor some Chinese students and scholars. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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FBI Urges Universities To Monitor Some Chinese Students And Scholars In The U.S.

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President Trump is due to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Japan this weekend, raising hopes the two leaders might call a truce in their trade war. The White House has downplayed expectations of a deal. Damir Sagolj/Reuters hide caption

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Deal Or No Deal? The Stakes Are High For Trump-Xi Trade Talks

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FedEx is suing the U.S. Commerce Department to block it from enforcing export regulations against the giant shipping company. Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a business leaders event in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. The two leaders are expected to discuss trade at this week's Group of 20 summit in Japan. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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