Former Chenzhou city anti-corruption official Zeng Jinchun stands trial in Changsha, the capital of China's Hunan province, in 2008. He was convicted of corruption, sentenced to death, and is now awaiting execution. Similar corruption scandals have occurred across China. hide caption

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Chinese paramilitary officers march in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing during a rehearsal for China's 60th anniversary celebrations last year. A consequence of China's military modernization program is that some veterans have been left behind, which has led them to protest their condition. Once the backbone of the communist revolution, soldiers are now considered among the groups that should be suppressed. Feng Li/Getty Images hide caption

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A man walks through a Beijing building formerly used as a secret detention center in 2009. In these "black jails," Chinese citizens are held, forcibly restrained and sometimes beaten to prevent them from lodging formal complaints with the central government. Elizabeth Dalziel/AP hide caption

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In this December 2007 photo, fishermen watch as a barge carrying the wreck of an 800-year-old sunken merchant ship, dubbed South China Sea No. 1, berths at a dock of the Maritime Silk Road Museum in Yangjiang. China Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters from Amnesty International in Hong Kong demonstrate in March 2009 against the death penalty in China. The human-rights group says China executed more than 1,700 people in 2008, roughly three-quarters of the world total. Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Striking workers wearing masks gather May 26 outside a plant in China's Guangdong province that manufactures auto parts for Honda. Strikes by workers demanding higher wages have halted production at three Honda plants in southern China recently. Imaginechina via AP hide caption

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during a press conference Monday at a war memorial in Seoul. Lee announced plans to take North Korea to the U.N. Security Council and suspended most trade between the two Koreas. Presidential House via Getty Images hide caption

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