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French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Orly airport, south of Paris, on Thursday. The three-day state visit by Mr. Hu marks a dramatic turnaround from the tense ties of two years ago, when Mr. Sarkozy threatened to boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics out of anger about China's treatment of Tibet. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this March 7, 2009 file photo, Chinese film director Jia Zhangke speaks during a press conference of his new film titled "24 City" in Shanghai, China. The Golden Lion-winning Chinese director best known for portraying working-class struggles on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 defended his decision to try his hand at commercial cinema as he prepares to make his first kung fu epic. (AP Photo/File)

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In this Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 photo, six pandas selected for display at the upcoming Asian Games eat a meal at the Wolong China Pandas Protection and Research Center at Bifengxia base in Ya'an in southwestern China's Sichuan province. China's panda population is booming this year thanks to a record number of births in captivity, a rare accomplishment for the endangered species known for being poor breeders. (AP Photo)

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Two driverless vehicles, in orange, equipped with laser scanners and cameras that work in concert to detect and help avoid obstacles, travel on the Shanghai Expo site to attend the official celebration of their arrival Thursday Oct. 28, 2010 in Shanghai, China. A team of Italian engineers launched what has been billed as the longest-ever test drive of driverless vehicles: a 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile), three-month road trip from Italy to China. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** In this photo from Sept. 29, 2010, a worker moves piles of brass tubes at a factory in Zhuji, in east China's Zhejiang province. (Associated Press)

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, here in 2007, has been promoted to a key position in the Communist Party's military commission, indicating that he will succeed President Hu Jintao. (Associated Press)

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia greets spectators as he defeats Richard Gasquet of France in his men's singles round three match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Djokovic won 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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Simon Sharpe (center), the European Union's first secretary of political affairs in China, is confronted by a plainclothes security officer as he tries to enter a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, is held under house arrest in Beijing on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, and China's Minister of Defense Liang Guanglie, right sit down for a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

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Pro-democracy protesters hold a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and signs reading "Release Liu Xiaobo" as they march to the China's liaison office in Hong Kong on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Shang Baojun, lawyer for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, calls his mobile phone to check whereabouts of Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, during an interview in Beijing, China, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. The world's newest Nobel Peace Prize winner remained unreachable in a Chinese prison Saturday, with his wife's mobile phone turned off and her own whereabouts -- in the company of police -- unknown. Concerns grew that an angry China might detain her as well. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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This Oct. 28, 2008, file photo shows Liu Xiaobo, right, reading a letter beside the grave of Bao Zunxin, a Chinese historian and political dissident who was arrested and jailed for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests in Beijing, China. Mr. Liu won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday Oct. 8, 2010. (AP Photo, File)

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In this Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 photo, workers stand near the Long March 3C rocket with the Chang'e II lunar probe satellite loaded on its head on the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang in southwest China's Sichuan province. China's space ambitions are forging ahead with plans to launch the country's second unmanned lunar probe this weekend. (AP Photo)

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** FILE ** Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates is seen at a Dairy Queen in Beijing, China, Sept. 30, 2010. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao meet at the United Nations on Sept. 23. Mr. Wen promised to allow a stronger yuan but said before the meeting that any rise would not be rapid for fear of causing job losses and business failures. (Associated Press)

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Bill Gates, left, and Warren Buffett, center, talk with some of China's richest people to promote philanthropy during a dinner and reception Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010 in Beijing. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Pang Xingdong)

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Illustration: China by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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FILE - In this March 15, 2004 file photo, released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Hua Mei, an American-born giant panda, eats bamboo at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Hua Mei gave birth to her eighth cub on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in southwest China, a rare accomplishment for the endangered species known for being poor breeders. (AP Photo/Xinhua,Chen Xie, File)

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2010 file photo, people use computers at an Internet cafe in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province. Google is hiring dozens of marketing and technical employees in China to defend a shrinking market share against local rivals after closing its Chinese search engine six months ago this Wednesday, Sept. 22 in a dispute over censorship. (AP Photo, File)

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Illustration: China missile by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times