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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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A residential building in Dandong, a city near China's northeast border with North Korea. Local authorities have tried to curb speculation in the property market. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Real Estate Jumps In Chinese City Bordering North Korea

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People look at a display of Lego creations at Hamleys toy store during its grand opening in Beijing last year. Exports remain strong for China, but consumption now accounts for 80 percent of the economy's growth. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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A worker loads building material on a cart outside a construction site at the Central Business District in Beijing. China's top economic planner expressed confidence this month that stronger consumer spending will help the economy grow. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Some Economists See A Plus Side In Eliminating Term Limits For China's Xi Jinping

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A new urban district and an annual big-data expo have arisen in recent years as the centerpiece of the high-tech industry in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

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George Soros, founder and chairman of Soros Fund Management, speaks during the 2011 forum "Charting A New Growth Path for the Euro Zone" in Washington, D.C. Soros now appears concerned that the global economy's path looks shaky. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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A worker leaves the Baosteel Group Corporation plant in Shanghai in March 2016. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Starbucks And Steel: The Divergent Directions Of China's Economy

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Home prices are rising in Shanghai, but that's not stopping buyers. Some analysts say the rise in home prices is not a sign of confidence in the economy — but of uncertainty. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sluggish Economy Doesn't Dampen Shanghai's Housing Prices

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Missing: The Search For A Sister In China

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A state-owned company started building "Liquor City" in a suburb of Luliang to help diversify the economy away from coal. But a massive anti-corruption campaign has damaged demand for expensive Chinese baijiu, or white liquor, and for now, the factory complex remains unfinished. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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China's White Elephants: Ghost Cities, Lonely Airports, Desolate Factories

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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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Civilians hold rocks as they stand on a government armored vehicle near Chang'an Boulevard in Beijing, early June 4, 1989, before the army began a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in and around Tiananmen Square. Jeff Widener/AP hide caption

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June 4: The Day That Defines, And Still Haunts China

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Years of rapid industrial expansion have left many parts of China contending with thick smog and dirty water. Vincent Yu/AP/DAPD hide caption

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China said its politically sensitive inflation rate hit a 37-month high of 6.5 percent in July. Food costs, rose by 14.8 percent from a year ago, according to reports. Above, people shop for produce at a Beijing market Tuesday. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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