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Workers clean black marks off the portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong at the main entrance of the Forbidden City near the Great Hall of the People where the NPC is taking place, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing...Workers clean black marks off the portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong at the main entrance of the Forbidden City near the Great Hall of the People where the National People's Congress (NPC) is taking place, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, in this photo taken by Kyodo March 6, 2014. The portrait appeared to have been vandalized, Kyodo news reported. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS,

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Workers clean black marks off the portrait of China‘s late leader Mao Zedong at the main entrance of the Forbidden City near the Great Hall of the People where the National People’s Congress is taking place, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing Read more

A Chinese frontier soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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A Chinese frontier soldier from the People’s Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training in Heihe, Heilongjiang province

China NPC...epaselect epa04110125 Attendants pour water for tea at the opening session of the National Peoples Congress (NPC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 05 March 2014. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW

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Attendants pour water for tea at the opening session of the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Read more

Chinese security personnel form up before the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China, Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Security personnel await the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China Read more

Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

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Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang province.

Girls wearing masks on haze-covered Tiananmen Square in Beijing.  China's National Meteorological Centre issued a "yellow" smog alert for much of the country's north, the fifth consecutive day of heavy pollution which has slashed visibility and seen pollution reach hazardous levels.

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China’s National Meteorological Centre issued a “yellow” smog alert for much of the country’s north, the fifth consecutive day of heavy pollution that has cut visibility and seen pollution reach hazardous levels, affecting areas such as Tiananmen Square (above) in Beijing.

Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (both not seen), in Beijing, China, 19 February 2014. The Pakistani president is on an official visit in China; his first foreign trip since taking office.

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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain. Mr Hussain is on an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since taking office

Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou...Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, Henan province, February 17, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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Passengers walk at a square of Zhengzhou East Railway Station in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China Read more

Janicee Buco, wearing a pair of red high heels shoes speaks before a crowd as they join Vietnamese nationals in commemoration of the Vietnam-China border war in 1979, in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati's financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, 17 February 2014. Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rallied outside the Chinese Embassy to protest against China's alleged bullying over the Philippines and Vietnam territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Protesters aimed to support Manila in an ongoing stand-off with China. China claims most of the South China Sea and Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have competing claims over it.

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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.

A vendor smokes a cigarette in front of sacks of potatoes piled up on a truck at a whole sale market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province February 17, 2014. China's consumer inflation remained at a seven-month low in January while factory gate prices fell for a 23rd consecutive month, broadly in line with market expectations and with other recent data showing economic weakness, and indicating no change in the central bank's policy stance.

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A vendor smokes a cigarette in front of sacks of potatoes piled up on a truck at a wholesale market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. China’s consumer inflation remained at a seven-month low in January while factory gate prices fell for a 23rd consecutive month, broadly in line with market expectations and with other recent data showing economic weakness, and indicating no change in the central bank’s policy stance.