The Zhoushan oil reserve in China's Zhejiang province. China started to build its national oil reserves as early as 2003 to offset oil supply risks and reduce the impact of fluctuating energy prices. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Defendants face sentencing for a variety of charges linked to organized crime, including murder and extortion, during a trial in southwest China's Chongqing municipality on Oct. 21. The government's largest anti-organized crime prosecution in a half-century is currently under way. Already, six people have been sentenced to death. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (second car from left) reviews military troops during a parade in Beijing marking 60 years of Communist Party rule in China, Oct. 1. The celebrations are intended to showcase the nation as a global power. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Fireworks explode over Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Sept. 12 during rehearsals for massive National Day celebrations to be held Oct. 1. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Imaginechina via AP hide caption

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Visitors to Beijing's Changpuhe Park walk over Magpie Bridge, which locals say symbolizes good luck and romance. The park has become an informal gathering point for middle-aged and elderly residents in search of romance. Xiao Kaijing hide caption

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A view of the hutong of Qianmen District on May 11, 2011 in Beijing, China. In Diane Wi Liang's Paper Butterfly, fictional detective Mei Wang's latest case begins in Beijing's alleys. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korea welcomed Clinton to Pyongyang with flowers and hearty handshakes Tuesday as he arrived in the communist nation on a surprise mission to bring home two jailed American journalists. AP Photo hide caption

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