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A vendor eats her meal near busts of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong for sale at a curio market in Beijing, China, Monday, May 16, 2016. Exactly 50 years ago, China embarked on what was formally known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a decade of tumult launched by Mao Zedong to revive communist goals and enforce a radical egalitarianism. The milestone was largely ignored Monday in the Chinese media, reflecting continuing sensitivities about a period that was later declared a "catastrophe."

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A vendor eats her meal near busts of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong for sale at a curio market in Beijing, China today.

A waitress with an army-style top and red armband that reads "village chief" stands in a restaurant in Beijing

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A waitress with an army-style top and red armband that reads “village chief” stands in a restaurant in Beijing 

Visitors look at a Boyue SUV by Chinese automaker Geely at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The auto show, which opened to the public on Wednesday, continues through May 4. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Visitors look at a Boyue SUV by Chinese automaker Geely at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing 

Air pollution in Beijing...epaselect epa05256265 A Chinese, wearing a mask, passes by a sculpture during a smoggy day in Beijing city, China, 13 April 2016. The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection received about 15,000 public complaints about pollution in 2015. The air pollution tip-offs became the top 78.3 percent of all complaints received through the ministry's hotline and 68 percent through the WeChat, according to the media reports.  EPA/WU HONG

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A Chinese, wearing a mask, passes by a sculpture during a smoggy day in Beijing city

hina's Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives at a news conference following the closing ceremony of National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing...China's Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives at a news conference following the closing ceremony of National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

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China‘s Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives at a news conference following the closing ceremony of National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing 

Security personnel watch as a man takes a photo of a painting inside the Great Hall of the People before the start of the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Security personnel watch as a man takes a photo of a painting inside the Great Hall of the People before the start of the closing session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing 

Security officers sit inside the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), in Beijing, China

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Security officers sit inside the Great Hall of the People before the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), in Beijing, China, on Thursday.

A girl poses for pictures under decorated trees as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Monkey, is celebrated at Daguanyuan park, in Beijing

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A girl poses for pictures under decorated trees as the Chinese Lunar New Year which welcomes the Year of the Monkey is celebrated at Daguanyuan park in Beijing

A snowboarding contestant takes a jump during a competition in Beijing

A snowboarding contestant takes a jump during a competition in Beijing, China

People play ice hockey on the frozen Liangmahe River in Beijing

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People play ice hockey on the frozen Liangmahe River in Beijing 

A Chinese woman wearing mask walks in a shopping street during a hazy day in Beijing city, China, on Tuesday.  Beijing issued a red alert for smog, urging schools to close and residents to stay indoors for the second time in 10 days. Restrictions

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A Chinese woman wearing a mask walks in a shopping street during a hazy day in Beijing city, China, on Tuesday. Beijing issued a red alert for smog, urging schools to close and residents to stay indoors for the second time in 10 days

A woman wears a mask as she visits the Forbidden City during a sunny day in Beijing Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Residents in the Chinese capital are preparing for its second smog red alert as a wave of smog is forecasted to settle over the city from Saturday to Tuesday.

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A woman wears a mask as she visits the Forbidden City during a sunny day in Beijing Friday. Residents in the Chinese capital are preparing for its second smog red alert as a wave of smog is forecasted to settle over the city

A man walks past steam rising from underground heating pipes outside a shopping mall in Beijing

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A man walks past steam rising from underground heating pipes outside a shopping mall in Beijing

Chinese Paramilitary guards stand on the stairs after Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces leaves the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 14, 2015.

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Chinese Paramilitary guards stand on the stairs after Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE’s deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces leaves the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday

Members from North Korea's Moranbong band walk out of their hotel in Beijing on Friday. North Korea's premier pop group, the all-girl Moranbong band formed by leader Kim Jong-Un, is electrifying audiences in China in shows aimed at harmonising out-of-tune ties between the traditional allies

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Members from North Korea’s Moranbong band walk out of their hotel in Beijing on Friday. North Korea’s premier pop group, the all-girl Moranbong band formed by leader Kim Jong-Un, is electrifying audiences in China

A paramilitary policeman wearing a mask stands guard in front of the giant portrait of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong, amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever "red alert" for air pollution in Beijing, China, December 9, 2015. Picture taken December 9, 2015.

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A paramilitary policeman wearing a mask stands guard in front of the giant portrait of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong, amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever “red alert” for air pollution in Beijing, China

A woman wearing a protective mask against smog poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, China

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A woman wearing a mask to protect against smog poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, China

Women wearing masks and other residents dance during their daily exercise amid the heavy smog in Beijing

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Residents dance during their daily exercise amid the heavy smog in Beijing, China

A combo shows a morning commuter walking in front of the China Central Television (CCTV) building on a smoggy day and a sunny day

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A combination photo shows a morning commuter walking in front of the China Central Television (CCTV) building on a smoggy day on December 1, 2015 (top), and on a sunny day on December 2, 2015 (bottom), after a fresh cold front cleared the smog that was blanketing Beijing, China.

Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on November 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. China's capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants. Levels of PM 2.5, considered the most hazardous, crossed 600 units in Beijing, nearly 25 times the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organization. The governments of more than 190 countries are meeting in Paris this week to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change.

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Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on Monday in Beijing, China. China’s capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants