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China's then Vice-President Xi Jinping stands during a trade agreement ceremony between the two countries at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland in this February 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/David Moir/Files

China's then Vice-President Xi Jinping stands during a trade agreement ceremony between the two countries at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland in this February 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/David Moir/Files

China's then Vice-President Xi Jinping stands during a trade agreement ceremony between the two countries at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland in this February 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/David Moir/Files
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China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping (C) is directed as he prepares to greet a panel of foreign experts prior to a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this December 5, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Ed Jones/Files

China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping (C) is directed as he prepares to greet a panel of foreign experts prior to a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this December 5, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Ed Jones/Files

China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping (C) is directed as he prepares to greet a panel of foreign experts prior to a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this December 5, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Ed Jones/Files
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China's Xi Jinping (L) plants a tree on Lianhua hill in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, December 8, 2012, in this file handout photo released by TaKungPao.com on December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Handout/TaKungPao.com/Files

China's Xi Jinping (L) plants a tree on Lianhua hill in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, December 8, 2012, in this file handout photo released by TaKungPao.com on December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Handout/TaKungPao.com/Files

China's Xi Jinping (L) plants a tree on Lianhua hill in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, December 8, 2012, in this file handout photo released by TaKungPao.com on December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Handout/TaKungPao.com/Files
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China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping looks on during his meeting with U.N. REUTERS/Wang Zhao/Pool

China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping looks on during his meeting with U.N. REUTERS/Wang Zhao/Pool

China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping looks on during his meeting with U.N. REUTERS/Wang Zhao/Pool
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