Professional mimic Cheng Jiaqiang, shown here in his Beijing apartment, learned his skills from his grandfather. The calligraphy on the wall behind Cheng refers to his signature act: Cheng imitates a bird imitating a musician imitating a bird. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Looking upstream on the Three Gorges Reservoir in China. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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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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