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A Chinese bank worker counts a stack of 100-yuan notes at a bank in Hefei, east China's Anhui province on February 27, 2011. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

The headlines are popping today as China has "officially" usurped Japan as the world's second-largest economy.

The reason, of course, is part of a longer-term trend: Japan is hurting; China is growing.

Here's how the New York Times artfully spelled it out today:

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