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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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Chinese President Xi Jinping, left walks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Saturday at U.N. headquarters in New York. At a U.N. conference, Xi pledged billions in Chinese aid to developing nations. Bryan R. Smith/AP hide caption

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"I was most captivated by Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea," Chinese President Xi Jinping told his audience at a banquet in Seattle on Tuesday night. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Xi Jinping presided over a Beijing military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. To some observers, this showed Xi in firm political and military control. On the economic side, though, the signals are more mixed. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Tensions, China's President Heads To The U.S.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech during the international seminar commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 19 joint statement of six-party talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on Saturday. Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Luliang is in recession, but developers continue to build apartment blocks even though demand for real estate is drying up. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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A 'Sense Of Crisis' Now In A Chinese Boomtown Gone Bust

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Military vehicles carrying Wing Loong — a Chinese-made, medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle — drive past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War II defeat in Beijing on Thursday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Customers line up to enter the Gucci shop at a mall in Shanghai. ALY SONG/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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China's Tricky Economic Transition: From Steel Mills To E-Commerce

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A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on Wednesday. The country's stock markets have nosedived. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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China's Missteps Tarnish A Reputation For Economic Management

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The Yuz Museum is one of the private museums that have begun cropping up along Shanghai's riverfront, part of a government effort to make the West Bund area a cultural destination. Here are recent works by Yang Zhenzhong, Shi Qing, and Yu Ji from the exhibition Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy. Courtesy of the Yuz Museum hide caption

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China's Financial Capital Tries To Become A Cultural Capital

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