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Protesters wave flags on Beijing's Tiananmen Square in the weeks leading up to the violent crackdowns on June 4. These photos were donated to Humanitarian China by the photographer, Jian Liu, then one of the student protesters. Jian Liu/Humanitarian China hide caption

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Demonstrators hold banners in support of workers at the Jasic Technology factory in Shenzhen, in China's Guangdong province, on Aug. 6. Sue-Lin Wong/Reuters hide caption

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In China, The Communist Party's Latest, Unlikely Target: Young Marxists

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Authorities in China have demolished the Beijing studio of contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, a dissident and longtime critic of the Chinese government. Don Arnold/WireImage hide caption

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Authorities have given residents in Jiugong Township of Beijing, many of whom are migrant laborers, just days to clear out before they shut off all electricity and water. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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For Decades, China's Laborers Moved To Cities. Now They're Being Forced Out

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Ming lives in this mud brick home, three miles outside Beijing city limits. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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Beijing Mega-Region Plan Aims To Alleviate Poverty, But Some Are Wary

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China's President Xi Jinping (right), chats with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center), and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew during the joint opening ceremony of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogues in Beijing on Monday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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A Rocky Time In U.S.-China Relations As Leaders Meet In Beijing

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In Life After Life, 'Incarnations' Spins A Sinuous Tale Of Soul Mates

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Comedian Jesse Appell performs at a club in Beijing. Appell won a scholarship in 2012 to study comedy in China and has been performing on the country's small but growing stand-up comedy circuit. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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So An American Comic Walks Into A Chinese Bar ...

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Zhuang Qiuli and her boyfriend Feng Tao sit on the bed in their basement apartment two floors below a posh condominium. Since this photo was taken, the couple has moved above ground. Sim Chi Yin/VII hide caption

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'A Universe Beneath Our Feet': Life In Beijing's Underground

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What's a few palm trees? Soaring snowcapped peaks and the aforementioned palms rise near the airport in Sochi, Russia, host of the 2014 Winter Games. Summer Olympics hosts Beijing and Stockholm are among the cities vying to win the 2022 Winter Games. Mikhail Metzel/AP hide caption

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Protesters march outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Saturday. Tension escalated, sometimes to violence, in cities across China after Japan bought the disputed islands from a private Japanese owner. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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