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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 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

A Chinese tourist walks in the tongue of Glacier 1 at the base of the 7,556 m (24,790 ft) Mount Gongga, known in Tibetan as Minya Konka, China. Hailuogou is one of China's 8,500 monsoonal glaciers and the longest of 71 glaciers on the eastern slope of Mt. Gongga. Monsoonal glaciers are found at lower altitudes and are at much higher risk to the effects of rising temperatures and climate change. Chinese scientists studying the impact on the Tibetan plateau warn the ablation rate of monsoonal glaciers is alarming. Data shows the Hailuogou basin glaciers have lost nearly 3 kilometers of mass since the 1960s and the rate is accelerating. Some researchers are concerned the glaciers could shrink at an accelerated rate beyond the present 20 meters a year and thin at a rate of more than 1 meter per year. At an upcoming conference in Paris, the governments of 196 countries will meet to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change.

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A Chinese tourist walks in the tongue of Glacier 1 at the base of the 7,556 m (24,790 ft) Mount Gongga, known in Tibet as Minya Konka. Hailuogou is one of China’s 8,500 monsoonal glaciers and the longest of 71 glaciers on the eastern slope of Mt. Gongga

Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ''Falcon Strike 2015'' at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

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Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ”Falcon Strike 2015” at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

Visitors watch a robot demonstration during the World Robot Conference in Beijing on November 24, 2015. The World Robot Conference being is held in Beijing from November 23 to 25.

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Visitors watch a robot demonstration during the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Tuesday

Chinese tourists walk on a slippery section of ice as snow is seen on the Great Wall after a snowfall on Monday near Beijing, China. China's capital and the northern part of the country received snow on Sunday as winter set in

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Chinese tourists walk on a slippery section of ice as snow is seen on the Great Wall after a snowfall on Monday near Beijing, China

A group of men ride a tricycle across a muddy road in Beijing on Monday

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A group of men ride a tricycle across a muddy road in Beijing on Monday

Mother of a fireman Zhang Qian who killed in the Tianjin chemical explosions accident,  grieves on her son's tombstone at the 100th days memorial  in a martyr's cemetery in Tianjin city, China, on Thursday. Explosions and a fireball at a chemical warehouse killed at least 165 people in the north-eastern Chinese port city of Tianjin late on 12 August. The magnitude of the initial blast was similar to three tons of TNT exploding and a second blast's magnitude was equivalent to 21 tons of TNT, China's earthquake bureau said.

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Mother of a fireman Zhang Qian who killed in the Tianjin chemical explosions accident, grieves on her son’s tombstone at the 100th days memorial in a martyr’s cemetery in Tianjin city, China, on Thursday

A Chinese Navy vessel enters the port of...A Chinese Navy vessel enters the port of Havana on November 10, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGEYAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images

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A Chinese Navy vessel enters the port of Havana on Tuesday

Workers walk past a billboard display showing a scene of Central Business District, as capital city skylines are shrouded with pollutant haze in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Heading into this month's Paris meeting, the world's biggest source of climate-changing gases has yet to accept binding limits. But it has invested in solar, wind and hydro power to clean up its smog-choked cities and curb surging demand for imported oil and gas. That contributed last year to a surprise fall in coal consumption. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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Workers walk past a billboard display showing a scene of Central Business District, as capital city skylines are shrouded with pollutant haze in Beijing, China

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy compete at the ice dance during the China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, in Beijing, China, on Friday

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Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy compete at the ice dance during the China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, in Beijing, China, on Friday

Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge at the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang county, Hunan province, China, November 5, 2015

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Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge at the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang county, Hunan province, China on Thursday

Chinese President Xi Jinping, top, reviews an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. XiĆ­s visit to Vietnam on Thursday comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi. Xi’s visit to Vietnam on Thursday comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea 

A pedestrian holding an umbrella rides up an escalator as the Oriental Pearl Tower stands illuminated at night

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A pedestrian holding an umbrella rides up an escalator as the Oriental Pearl Tower stands illuminated at night in the Lujiazui district of Shanghai, China. The Communist Party ended its four-day plenum on Thursday, with Premier Li Keqiang signaling the leadership may be ready to accept the weakest period of expansion since the economy was opened up three decades ago.

A boy holds the hand of an elderly woman as they make their way in Beijing

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A boy holds the hand of an elderly woman as they make their way in Beijing. The easing of family planning restrictions in China to allow all couples to have two children will benefit around 100 million families, a professor told the official China Daily on Friday.

A home-made airship, made by 29-year-old local man Shi Songbo, lifts off during a test flight next to crop fields in Ningling county of Shangqiu

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A home-made airship, made by 29-year-old local man Shi Songbo, lifts off during a test flight next to crop fields in Ningling county of Shangqiu, Henan province, China.

A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Mao Geping during a colorful cosmetic fashion trend collection at China Fashion Week S/S 2016, in Beijing, China, October 26, 2015

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A model presents a creation by Chinese designer Mao Geping during a colorful cosmetic fashion trend collection at China Fashion Week S/S 2016, in Beijing, China

An honour guard is partially covered by a flag that rolled after a gust of wind at the welcoming ceremony for Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, October 26, 2015.

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An honour guard is partially covered by a flag that rolled after a gust of wind at the welcoming ceremony for Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China today.

Horses gallop on the track during a race at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Happy Valley racecourse in Hong Kong, China. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the city's sole provider of horse racing, football betting and lotteries

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Horses gallop on the track during a race at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Happy Valley racecourse in Hong Kong, China

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at Buckingham Palace in central London on Tuesday, during the ceremonial welcome on the first official day of the Chinese president's state visit. China's President Xi Jinping started a pomp-filled four-day state visit to Britain as reports emerged of a multibillion pound investment deal over Britain's new nuclear programme

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and China’s President Xi Jinping arrive at Buckingham Palace in central London on Tuesday, during the ceremonial welcome on the first official day of the Chinese president’s state visit

Supporters of China's President Xi Jinping wait on the Mall for him to pass during his ceremonial welcome, in London, Britain, October 20, 2015. Xi is on a State visit to Britain

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Supporters of China’s President Xi Jinping wait on the Mall for him to pass during his ceremonial welcome, in London, Britain on tuesday. Xi is on a State visit to Britain