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Tensions between the Chinese people and foreigners ­ – countries and visitors alike – are on the rise. Examples range from Chinese protesters (above) voicing their anger with the Philippines at the embassy in Beijing to a foreign woman teasing a young boy in Tiananmen Square (top). Many view the antagonism as an attempt by China's government to put the spotlight on outsiders as a distraction from the slowing economy, a high-level political scandal and a blind activist's daring flight into U.S. custody. (Associated Press)

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