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Pedestrians pass a military propaganda poster on a street in Shanghai on July 12, 2016.  Beijing braced on July 12 for an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea, where it has expansive territorial claims, with all eyes watching for the Asian giant's reaction on the ground or in the water. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the whole of the South China Sea, on the basis of a segmented line that first appeared on Chinese maps in the 1940s, pitting it against several neighbours.

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Pedestrians pass a military propaganda poster on a street in Shanghai 

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People use excavators as they make their way to work in Wuhan, Hubei province,
China on Friday.

This picture taken on July 6, 2016 shows a woman emptying the water from her boots at a flooded area in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province

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A woman empties water from her boots at a flooded area in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province

Honour guards prepare for the ceremony as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomes Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China July 4, 2016.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Honour guards prepare for the ceremony as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang welcomes Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China 

epaselect epa05400625 A Chinese military band member is seen playing his trumpet below the Communist Star before a celebration ceremony of the 95th anniversary of Founding the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 01 July 2016. China marks on 01 July the 95th anniversary of the formation of its ruling communist party with a grand ceremony at the GHOP.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

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A Chinese military band member is seen playing his trumpet below the Communist Star before a celebration ceremony of the 95th anniversary of Founding the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China 

This picture taken on June 29, 2016 shows workers cleaning algae on a beach in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province

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This picture taken on June 29, 2016 shows workers cleaning algae on a beach in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province

A woman sits with her belongings in front of the rubble of her destroyed houses after a tornado in Funing, in Yancheng, in China's Jiangsu province on June 24, 2016.   Extreme weather, including hailstorms, heavy rain and a tornado, killed 78 and injured dozens in China's eastern Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua news agency reported on June 23.

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A woman sits with her belongings in front of the rubble of her destroyed houses after a tornado in Funing, in Yancheng, in China’s Jiangsu province today

A man does excerices in front of the financial district of Lujiazui in Shanghai

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A man does excerices in front of the financial district of Lujiazui in Shanghai

Rescuers grab a rope to prevent a raft carrying residents from being flushed away as residents are evacuated from a flooded area in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China, June 19, 2016

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Rescuers grab a rope to prevent a raft carrying residents from being flushed away as residents are evacuated from a flooded area in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China. 

People participate during a training session on a river ahead of a local dragon boat competition in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.

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People participate during a training session on a river ahead of a local dragon boat competition in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China 

Paramilitary policemen take part in a training session in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, June 12, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT.

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Paramilitary policemen take part in a training session in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

An elderly man uses a fan to shade himself from the sun as he walks in a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Thursday marks the Duanwu Festival, a public holiday in China celebrated with outdoor activities including dragon boat races. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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An elderly man uses a fan to shade himself from the sun as he walks in a public park in Beijing 

TOPSHOT - A worker stands on a scaffold in front of a giant poster for World No Tobacco Day in Beijing on May 31, 2016.   May 31 is observed as World No Tobacco Day, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) using "Get Ready For Plain Packaging" as the slogan of this year's day.  / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAOWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

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A worker stands on scaffolding in front of a giant poster for World No Tobacco Day in Beijing, China 

HONG KONG - MAY 18:  Supporters of visiting Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of China's National People's Congress, attend a rally on May 18, 2016 in Hong Kong, .  (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

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Supporters of visiting Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of China’s National People’s Congress, attend a rally in Hong Kong 

CHANGZHOU, CHINA - MAY 12:  A worker takes samples for quality of molten iron outside a furnace at the Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation on May 12, 2016 in Changzhou, Jiangsu. Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation is a privately-owned manufacturer that employs over 13,000 workers at its facility in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Since 2001, the company says it has adopted new technology to streamline the production of premium quality steel and to reduce environmental impact. The majority of its steel output is for the Chinese market with 20% earmarked for export, mostly to Asia. The company says it is profitable, but admits business has dropped marginally from past years. China is the world's largest steel producer, accounting for over 50% of global supply. China's government has vowed to cut production capacity at state-owned enterprises by up to 150 million tonnes over five years to ease concerns of an oversupply on global markets. However, its efforts appear to be overshadowed by a recent increase in steel prices that has revived production at some Chinese facilities that had been closed down.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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A worker takes samples for quality of molten iron outside a furnace at the Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China

epa05300699 A picture made available on 12 May 2016 shows Chinese sculptor Tian Yongjun working on a Mao Zedong sculpture outside his workshop in Shaoshan, Hunan Province in central China, 29 April 2016. Shaoshan is the hometown of former Communist leader Mao Zedong, popularly known as Chairman Mao. As the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution approaches on 16 May, there is scant mention of the revolution where millions of intellectuals were persecuted and tortured in a bid to purge Mao's critics in his this small town where he was hailed as a great hero and leader.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

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Chinese sculptor Tian Yongjun works on a Mao Zedong sculpture outside his workshop in Shaoshan, China 

Keeping The Tradition Of Opera Alive In Rural China...CANGSHAN, SICHUAN - MAY 02:  Sichuan Opera actors from the Jinyuan Opera Company perform for villagers at the Dongyue Temple on May 2, 2016 in Cangshan, Sichuan province, China. Sichuan opera is a vibrant, centuries-old tradition that showcases the joys and challenges of daily life in rural China with tales of love, tradition, and family honor. As the traditional audience grows older, the opera as a form of art and recreation is struggling to endure as newer spectators within younger generations are leaving the countryside for China's cities to seek employment.  The tradition suffered a setback 50 years ago during the Cultural Revolution, the period of persecution and upheaval set into motion in May 1966 by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong to reassert his ideological authority. The operas were banned and most of the troupes were disbanded, but were revived in the late 1970s. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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Sichuan Opera actors from the Jinyuan Opera Company perform for villagers at the Dongyue Temple in Cangshan, Sichuan province, China. Sichuan opera is a vibrant, centuries-old tradition that showcases the joys and challenges of daily life in rural China with tales of love, tradition, and family honour 

A boy rides a robot style vehicle outsid...A boy rides a robot style vehicle outside a shopping mall in Daqing, Heilongjiang province on May 2, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURINICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

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A boy rides a robot style vehicle outside a shopping mall in Daqing, Heilongjiang province

Students practice Yoga on campus in Jinan

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Students practice Yoga on campus in Jinan, Shandong province

Yoga Performance At Tea Garden In Enshi...ENSHI, CHINA - APRIL 24:  (CHINA OUT) Yoga enthusiasts perform at a tea garden on April 24, 2016 in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province of China.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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Yoga enthusiasts perform at a tea garden in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province of China