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 A Chinese labourer stands next t a furnace at outside at an unauthorized steel factory on November 3, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. To meet China's targets to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal, and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. In many cases, factory owners say they pay informal "fines" to local inspectors and then re-open. The enforcement comes as the future of U.S. support for the 2015 Paris Agreement is in question, leaving China poised as an unlikely leader in the international effort against climate change. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about whether he will withdraw the U.S. from commitments to curb greenhouse gases that, according to scientists, are causing the earth's temperature to rise. Trump once declared that the concept of global warming was "created" by China in order to hurt U.S. manufacturing. China's leadership has stated that any change in U.S. climate policy will not affect its commitment to implement the climate action plan. While the world's biggest polluter, China is also a global leader in establishing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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A Chinese labourer stands next to a furnace at outside at an unauthorized steel factory on in Inner Mongolia Photo Kevin Frayer/Getty

Performers wearing traditional clothes take pictures of themselves as they wait for delegations to arrive for traditional nomadic Naadam festival performance during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit just outside Ulaanbaatar

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Performers wearing traditional clothes take pictures of themselves as they wait for delegations to arrive for traditional nomadic Naadam festival performance during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit just outside Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Friday

A woman checks uniforms of honour guards before a welcoming ceremony for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Genghis Square in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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A woman checks uniforms of honour guards before a welcoming ceremony for Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Genghis Square in central Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

US Secretary of State John Kerry reacts after shooting a bow and arrow as he participates in a Naadam ceremony, a competition which traditionally includes horse racing, Mongolian wrestling and archery, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry reacts after shooting a bow and arrow as he participates in a Naadam ceremony, a competition which traditionally includes horse racing, Mongolian wrestling and archery, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards

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A woman adjusts the hat of a member of the honour guards before a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Germany’s President Joachim Gauck outside the national parliament building at Sukhbaatar square, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Traditional Mongolian wrestlers practice in a Soviet-era gymnasium on Friday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. On July 11-13 traditional Mongolian wrestlers will take part in the Naadam festival which is marked by competitions in the "three games of men" - wrestling, archery, and horseback riding

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Traditional Mongolian wrestlers practice in a Soviet-era gymnasium on Friday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Members of Shonkhoodoi Circus practise in a gymnasium in Darkhan August 23, 2013. Mission Manduhai is created by Chimgee Haltarhuu, a former Mongolian gymnast and victim of domestic abuse, who brought three U.S. students and six young performers from Shonkhoodoi Circus in Darkhan to travel through the Mongolian countryside to give free circus performances. The free performances are held as a way to raise awareness on domestic abuse, by distributing leaflets on domestic abuse before and after the shows.

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Two members of the Mission Manduhai, a Mongolian circus group that raises awareness of domestic violence, practise in a gym in Darkhan, Mongolia. The group was founded by a former Mongolian gymnast, herself a victim of domestic abuse, who brought three US students and six young performers from Shonkhoodoi Circus in Darkhan to travel round Mongolia giving free circus performances 

Chinese astronaut Wang waves after she gets out from re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region...Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping waves after she gets out from the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, June 26, 2013. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down in north China's Inner Mongolia after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with a manned space laboratory.

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Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping waves after she gets out from the re-entry capsule of China’s Shenzhou-10 spacecraft returning to earth at its main landing site in Inner Mongolia, north China. Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Wednesday, touching down after a successful 15-day mission in which they docked with a manned space laboratory.