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China’s communist leaders are promising to revolutionize the world’s second largest economy and move on from being the world’s workshop. Unlike most communist governments, China’s one-party state has survived by embracing capitalism to deliver new wealth. Chinese officials recently reported they would reach their target for annual economic growth of 7.5 percent this year despite [...]

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New leaders emerge in China but once a decade. The 18th Party Congress concluded with the ascension of Xi Jinping to the top leadership posts. The meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing's Tiananmen Square drew delegates to formalize the power transfer and led citizens to wait for news. Pictured here are scenes from inside the gathering, and from outside the hall as China anticipated the next ruler of the largest country on earth. -- Lane Turner (34 photos total)
A passenger watches a television screen showing Xi Jinping on a subway train in Shanghai on November 15, 2012. Xi vowed to fight official corruption and build a "better life" for the nation's 1.3 billion people. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

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As China's population and economy continue to grow, the country is scrambling to solve challenges in housing, elder care, cultural and political institutions, the environment, and other areas of everyday life. Today's collection, a recent gathering of images from across the nation, covers a range of subjects from wheelchair dancers to bear bile farms, a monkey-controlled robot arm to a Tibetan exile protester who set himself on fire earlier today, and much more. [41 photos]

A woman and her son sit inside the capsule of an electric tricycle as they drive along a main road in central Beijing, on March 15, 2012. (Reuters/David Gray)

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Last Friday, July 1, China's Communist Party celebrated its 90th anniversary. Through a carefully choreographed week of events -- including concerts, revolutionary re-enactments, TV shows, a star-studded propaganda film, and a gala event in Shanghai -- the party emphasized its populist origins. The celebration culminated in a 90-minute speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao, where he extolled the 90 years of Communist Party rule but acknowledged the current need to fight state corruption. Collected here are some of the scenes from around the country, as members and supporters of China's Communist Party celebrated the nine decades since its founding. [30 photos]

Students in school uniforms link their arms to form the flag of the Communist Party of China, in celebration of the party's upcoming 90th anniversary during a photo call at a primary school in Dexing, Jiangxi province, on June 20, 2011. (Reuters/China Daily)

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