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TOPSHOTS This picture taken on February ...TOPSHOTS This picture taken on February 26, 2015 shows Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers training in the snow in Heihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang province. China's military training this year will focus on "improving fighting capacity" to win "local wars", the defence ministry said, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers train in the snow in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. China‘s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting capacity” to win “local wars”, the defence ministry said, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes. 

 Chinese folk artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on February 18, 2015 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

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Chinese artists perform at the Spring Festival Temple Fair on Wednesday in Beijing. The lunar new year of the sheep also known as the spring festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the lantern festival on the 15th day

A herdsman takes a rest while he drives his goats at a corn field at Dashiwo village, on the outskirts of Beijing. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram

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A herdsman takes a rest while he drives his goats at a corn field at Dashiwo village, on the outskirts of Beijing. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep, also known as the Year of the Goat

A man takes a nap on a street in Beijing

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A man takes a nap on a street in Beijing

A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing...A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing January 16, 2015. The gallery attracts visitors with various 3D paintings and installations depicting world famous political

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A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial Army soldier at an art gallery in Beijing on Friday. The gallery attracts visitors with 3D paintings and installations depicting political leaders, celebrities and film scenes 

A Santa Claus walks in a hutong, in Beijing on December,23, 2014 as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day

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A Santa Claus walks in a hutong, in Beijing on Tuesday as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the holy day

A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier closes a curtain after members of honor guard rehearse for a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

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A soldier closes a curtain after the honour guard rehearses for a welcome ceremony for visiting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China

Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag...Retired paramilitary policemen, who conduct the daily national flag raising and lowering ceremony on Tiananmen Square, salute to a Chinese national flag during a farewell ceremony in Beijing, November 24, 2014.

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Retired paramilitary policemen, who raise and lower China’s flag every day in Tiananmen Square, salute during a farewell ceremony in Beijing on Monday.

Chinese honor guards line up during a welcome ceremony for Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 03 November 2014. Qatar's Emir is in China for a state visit from 02 to 04 November.

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A Chinese guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony for the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

CHINA-LIFESTYLE-HALLOWEEN...Revellers in costume pose for photos as they celebrate Halloween in Beijing on October 31, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

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Revellers in costume pose for photos as they celebrate Halloween in Beijing 

A child model eats a biscuit on the floor of the backstage during a rehearsal for the Dong Wenmei T100 Children's Collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing

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A child model eats a biscuit on the floor of the backstage during a rehearsal for the Dong Wenmei T100 Children’s Collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing

A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing's central business district, next to the CCTV building in Beijing...A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing's central business district next to the China Central Television (CCTV) building outside a construction site in Beijing, October 21, 2014. It is still taking time for reform measures to gain traction, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying by the Foreign Ministry.

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A ragpicker walks past a poster showing Beijing’s central business district next to the China Central Television (CCTV) building outside a construction site in Beijing

A mechanical installation named "Long Ma"  makes it way during the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing...A mechanical installation named "Long Ma"  makes it way during the Long Ma performance in front of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing October 17, 2014. "Long Ma", a 17-meter (56-ft) long and 15-meter (49-ft) tall mechanized dragon sculpture, and "The Spider", a 5.7-meter (19-ft) tall and 6-meter (20-ft) wide machine, are operated by French performance art company La Machine. The structures are operated by an automatic control system and electronic equipment. The performance, which combines Chinese culture and French art, was held in Beijing in honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, an organiser of the event said.

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A mechanical installation named “Long Ma”, operated by French performance art company La Machine, performs in front of the National Stadium in Beijing. 

 A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches. The policy has driven an increasing number of Christians and Christian converts 'underground' to secret congregations in private homes and other venues. While the size of the religious community is difficult to measure, studies estimate there more than 65 million Christians inside China with studies supporting the possibility it could become the most Christian nation in the world within a decade.

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A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches

Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Gasquet of France during their men's singles match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Richard Gasquet of France during their men’s singles match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Tuesday

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her women's singles match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing...Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her women's singles match against Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing September 29, 2014.

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Serena Williams of the US serves during her singles match against Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Monday.

A Chinese security guard sits on a bench as he watches over a park on September 17, 2014 in Beijing, China.

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A Chinese security guard sits on a bench as he watches over a park on Wednesday in Beijing, China.

A worker makes repairs below electricity and communications cables on a pylon in Beijing on September 5, 2014. Shanghai stocks closed at a 17-month high on September 5 on hopes the Chinese government will introduce fresh measures to kickstart the world's number two economy.

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A worker makes repairs below electricity and communications cables on a pylon in Beijing on Friday

Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers during an interview with Reuters in Beijing...Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers during an interview with Reuters in Beijing. Zhang, born in 1984, quit elementary school and has since held jobs as a factory worker, waiter, and security guard. After watching a Michael Jackson music video four years ago for the first time, Zhang says he became fascinated and now puts on shows on the street and small stages impersonating the King of Pop.

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Zhang Guanhui, impersonating Michael Jackson, dances in front of his house located in a village for migrant workers in Beijing

A member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard stands with red flags during a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing...A member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard stands with red flags during a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, August 26, 2014.

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A member of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard stands with red flags during a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing