A man lies in a pool of chilies as he takes part in a chili eating competition in Ningxiang in China's central Hunan province.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, rescuers in Thailand carry one of the 12 boys from a flooded cave where they were trapped with their coach for more than two weeks.

Relatives grieve their dead in Indian-controlled Kashmir after government forces fired at anti-India protesters who disrupted a counterinsurgency operation.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares for a photo with his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh, during a visit to Hanoi.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Toru Takahashi in Tokyo.

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