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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

Chinese artist Zhou Jie works on an iron wire bed

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Chinese artist Zhou Jie works on an iron wire bed, which she sleeps on for her art project “36 Days”, next to food and her other sculpture works at Beijing Now Art Gallery, in Beijing

Overweight Chinese students stretch after swimming during training at a camp held for overweight children in Beijing, China

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Chinese students stretch after swimming during training at a camp for overweight children in Beijing, China

A military honor guard prepares for US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert's visit with Commander in Chief of The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Admiral Wu Shengli at a welcoming ceremony at the PLA Navy headquarters outside of Beijing, China, 15 July 2014.  For the first time since 1971 China's navy participated alongside the US navy in Rim of the Pacific naval exercises last week.

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A military honour guard prepares for US chief of naval operations Jonathan Greenert’s visit with commander-in-chief of The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Wu Shengli at a welcoming ceremony at the PLA navy headquarters outside of Beijing, China

A Chinese woman adjusts the Chinese national flag near U.S. national flags before a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting that's part of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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The US and Chinese national flags are prepared ahead of a meeting that forms part of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Thursday.

Visitors walk down a steep section on a restored part of the Great Wall of China, at Mutianyu, north of Beijing on July 4, 2014. The Great Wall, originally built to keep out invaders from the north, stretches thousands of kilometers across northern China, but much of it is in poor condition.

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Visitors walk down a steep section on a restored part of the Great Wall of China, at Mutianyu, north of Beijing on Friday

Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27,2014. U Thein Sein is on a visit to China from June 27 to 30.

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Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Players battle for the ball during their match at the swamp soccer China tournament in Beijing, June 26, 2014. The 32 teams from across the country participated in the soccer event to celebrate the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Players battle for the ball during a match at a swamp soccer tournament in Beijing. A total of 32 teams from across China participated in the event.

TOPSHOTS This picture taken on June 14, ...TOPSHOTS This picture taken on June 14, 2014 shows a man rising a public bicycle through a bicycle-sharing station in Beijing. Beijing is acutely aware of an increasing number of angry protests over environmental concerns in the country, where three decades of rapid and unfettered industrial expansion have taken a heavy toll. Premier Li Keqiang announced in March that Beijing was "declaring war" against pollution.   CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTOAFP/AFP/Getty Images

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A man rides a bicycle at a bicycle sharing station in Beijing. China is acutely aware of an increasing number of protests over environmental concerns in the country, where three decades of rapid and unfettered industrial expansion have taken a heavy toll. Premier Li Keqiang announced in March that Beijing was “declaring war” against pollution. 

A Chinese honour guard prepares for the arrival of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina  and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 9,2014. Sheikh Hasina is on a visit to China from June 6 to 11.

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A Chinese honour guard prepares for the arrival of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Monday.

A watermelon vendor takes a nap while waiting for customers during a hot day in Beijing June 5, 2014.

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A watermelon vendor takes a nap while waiting for customers during a hot day in Beijing

Tiananmem Square Anniversary...BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 03:  Chinese Paramilitary police stand guard near Tiananmen Square on June 4, 2014 in Beijing, China. Twenty-five years ago on June 4, 1989 Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters and in the clashes that followed scores were killed and injured.

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Chinese paramilitary police stand guard near Tiananmen Square on Wednesday in Beijing. Twenty-five years ago on this day Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters and in the clashes that followed scores were killed and injured.