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China NPC...epaselect epa04110125 Attendants pour water for tea at the opening session of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 05 March 2014. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW

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Attendants pour water for tea at the opening session of the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Read more

Chinese security personnel form up before the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Security personnel await the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China Read more

olicemen setup barbwire to block pro-Ta...Policemen setup barbwire to block pro-Taiwan independent activists during the anniversary of the 1947 massacre during which thousands were killed by nationalist Kuomintang troops from China, outside the Taipei Peace Park on February 28, 2014. The massacre remained taboo for decades under the late nationalist KMT leader Chiang Kai-shek's rule. It was not until 1995 that then president Lee Teng-hui made the first official apology. Parliament later agreed to compensate the victims and made February 28 an official holiday.  AFP PHOTO / Sam YehSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

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Policemen set up barbed wire to block pro-Taiwan independence activists outside the Taipei Peace Park. It is the anniversary of the 1947 massacre, known as the 228 Massacre, during which thousands were killed by nationalist Kuomintang troops from China

Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

A Chinese tourist wears a face mask besi...A Chinese tourist wears a face mask beside the Forbidden City as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing on February 26, 2014. Beijing's official reading for PM 2.5, small airborne particles which easily penetrate the lungs and have been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths, stood at 501 micrograms per cubic metre.   AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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A Chinese tourist observes the Forbidden City as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing.

Girls wearing masks on haze-covered Tiananmen Square in Beijing.  China's National Meteorological Centre issued a "yellow" smog alert for much of the country's north, the fifth consecutive day of heavy pollution which has slashed visibility and seen pollution reach hazardous levels.

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China’s National Meteorological Centre issued a “yellow” smog alert for much of the country’s north, the fifth consecutive day of heavy pollution that has cut visibility and seen pollution reach hazardous levels, affecting areas such as Tiananmen Square (above) in Beijing.

Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (both not seen), in Beijing, China, 19 February 2014. The Pakistani president is on an official visit in China; his first foreign trip since taking office.

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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain. Mr Hussain is on an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since taking office

Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou...Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, Henan province, February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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A vendor smokes a cigarette in front of sacks of potatoes piled up on a truck at a whole sale market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province February 17, 2014. China's consumer inflation remained at a seven-month low in January while factory gate prices fell for a 23rd consecutive month, broadly in line with market expectations and with other recent data showing economic weakness, and indicating no change in the central bank's policy stance.

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A vendor smokes a cigarette in front of sacks of potatoes piled up on a truck at a wholesale market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. China’s consumer inflation remained at a seven-month low in January while factory gate prices fell for a 23rd consecutive month, broadly in line with market expectations and with other recent data showing economic weakness, and indicating no change in the central bank’s policy stance.

A man holds a bouquet while waiting for his girlfriend as he is accompanied by his friend while standing under Chinese lanterns on Valentine's Day at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing February 14, 2014.  The amusement park held a kissing competition where about 100 couples competed by kissing in various poses and an iPhone 5S was presented to the winning couple.

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Two men stand under Chinese lanterns on Valentine’s Day at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing. The park held a kissing competition where about 100 couples competed by kissing in various poses and an iPhone 5S was presented to the winning couple