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China has built a massive international shipping port a few miles from the old fishing port of Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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In Sri Lanka, China's Building Spree Is Raising Questions About Sovereignty

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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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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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Japanese troops enter Manchuria in 1933. Tokyo sent soldiers and settlers to Manchuria and exerted direct and indirect influence there. Japanese official publications treated Manchuria's people much in the same way as China's Xinhua News Agency now treats those of Xinjiang and Tibet. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with President Trump during a joint statement in Beijing last November. Rather than a frontal assault on U.S. leadership, Xi has articulated his vision of a "community of shared destiny." Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese Firms Now Hold Stakes In Over A Dozen European Ports

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People cheer and throw confetti after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a cargo train for its inaugural journey to Nairobi last year at the port of the coastal town of Mombasa. Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A New Chinese-Funded Railway In Kenya Sparks Debt-Trap Fears

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Chinese border patrol gunboats come downriver from the Yunnan province about once a month in a show of force to keep the Mekong River safe, as China's Xinhua News Agency puts it. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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China Reshapes The Vital Mekong River To Power Its Expansion

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Honor guards attend a flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square in 2017. Under President Xi Jinping, China has ambitiously pressed its advantage almost everywhere at once. VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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China Unbound: What An Emboldened China Means For The World

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