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    Sales promoters talk to visitors at a housing fair in Nanjing, China. With real estate prices through the roof, 70 to 80 percent of potential buyers are unable to purchase housing some of China's major cities. (Associated Press)


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    HOT WHEELS: European car companies seem to be winning the race for well-to-do customers in China. The country and its free-spending new rich have made it a key growth market for makers of luxury goods. (Associated Press)


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    A man and woman kiss at the riverfront promenade called "the Bund," one of the most popular tourist spots in Shanghai, an economic hub for China's changing economy. (Associated Press)


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    "I believe China's economy can achieve longer-term, better quality growth," Premier Wen Jiabao told more than 1,500 industry, government, technology and civil society leaders at September's annual meeting of the New Champions - "The Summer Davos" - held by the World Economic Forum at the Dalian World Expo Center in northeastern China.


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    A container ship visits the port in Ningbo, China, which has been in business for 1,200 years and now handles more than 100 million tons of cargo a year. It is one of the few in the world to reach that mark. (Orange County [Calif.] Register)


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    Cars ready for driving come off the final assembly line in Ningbo, China. In 2006, China became the world's third-largest car market with sales soaring by 40 percent to 4.1 million vehicles, though it could be years before the country's products make a dent in the world market. (Orange County [Calif.] Register)


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    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (left) speaks with Chinese President Hu Jintao during a roundtable meeting at a G-20 summit in Cannes, France on Nov. 4, 2011. (Associated Press)


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    "We can pay this money, but we need to know why we have to," Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says Tuesday of China's demand for $2.4 million in back taxes and fines from the dissident, who was detained for nearly three months earlier this year. "We cannot just unwittingly hand over a sum of money." (Kyodo News via the Associated Press)


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    Illustration: China and the euro by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times


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