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Special Report: China's other power struggle

Workers install a high voltage electricity pylon in Xuancheng, Anhui province, in this May 17, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Workers install a high voltage electricity pylon in Xuancheng, Anhui province, in this May 17, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Workers install a high voltage electricity pylon in Xuancheng, Anhui province, in this May 17, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 17, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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Employees stand next to a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd during a media tour organized by government officials at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this June 20, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

Employees stand next to a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd during a media tour organized by government officials at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this June 20, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Carlos...more

Employees stand next to a logo of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd during a media tour organized by government officials at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this June 20, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files
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China State Grid CEO Liu Zhenya gives a speech after signing a contract with the Portuguese government in Lisbon in this February 22, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Hugo Correia/Files

China State Grid CEO Liu Zhenya gives a speech after signing a contract with the Portuguese government in Lisbon in this February 22, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Hugo Correia/Files

China State Grid CEO Liu Zhenya gives a speech after signing a contract with the Portuguese government in Lisbon in this February 22, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Hugo Correia/Files
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Employees work in a control room near security monitors at the Yanshan oil refinery of Sinopec Corp. in Beijing in this May 31, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 31, 2011. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

Employees work in a control room near security monitors at the Yanshan oil refinery of Sinopec Corp. in Beijing in this May 31, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 31, 2011. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

Employees work in a control room near security monitors at the Yanshan oil refinery of Sinopec Corp. in Beijing in this May 31, 2011 file photo. Picture taken May 31, 2011. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files
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An oil rig of the Great Wall Drilling Company, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), is seen near Varadero, around 140 kilometres (86 miles) east of Havana, in this September 4, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files

An oil rig of the Great Wall Drilling Company, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), is seen near Varadero, around 140 kilometres (86 miles) east of Havana, in this September 4, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files

An oil rig of the Great Wall Drilling Company, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), is seen near Varadero, around 140 kilometres (86 miles) east of Havana, in this September 4, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files
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Tencent headquarters is seen at Nanshan Hi-Tech Industrial Park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in this June 9, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Tencent headquarters is seen at Nanshan Hi-Tech Industrial Park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in this June 9, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Tencent headquarters is seen at Nanshan Hi-Tech Industrial Park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in this June 9, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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Employees play table tennis inside the headquarters office of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this May 21, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Steven Shi/Files

Employees play table tennis inside the headquarters office of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this May 21, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Steven Shi/Files

Employees play table tennis inside the headquarters office of Alibaba (China) Technology Co. Ltd on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in this May 21, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Steven Shi/Files
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The Sinopec logo is seen at one of its gas stations in Hong Kong in this April 26, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

The Sinopec logo is seen at one of its gas stations in Hong Kong in this April 26, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

The Sinopec logo is seen at one of its gas stations in Hong Kong in this April 26, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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A worker repairs cables on an electric power pylon in Huai'an, Jiangsu province in this April 24, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Patty Chen/Files

A worker repairs cables on an electric power pylon in Huai'an, Jiangsu province in this April 24, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Patty Chen/Files

A worker repairs cables on an electric power pylon in Huai'an, Jiangsu province in this April 24, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Patty Chen/Files
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A labourer installs an attachment to an electricity pylon in Anqing, Anhui province in this November 2, 2011 file picture. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

A labourer installs an attachment to an electricity pylon in Anqing, Anhui province in this November 2, 2011 file picture. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

A labourer installs an attachment to an electricity pylon in Anqing, Anhui province in this November 2, 2011 file picture. REUTERS/China Daily/Files
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The sun rises behind electricity pylons in Beijing, in this November 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

The sun rises behind electricity pylons in Beijing, in this November 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

The sun rises behind electricity pylons in Beijing, in this November 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files
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China's Vice President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this August 17, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Adrian Bradshaw/Pool/Files

China's Vice President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this August 17, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Adrian Bradshaw/Pool/Files

China's Vice President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in this August 17, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Adrian Bradshaw/Pool/Files
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Labourers repair electrical pylons which were damaged during snowfall on the outskirts of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, in this February 20, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Labourers repair electrical pylons which were damaged during snowfall on the outskirts of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, in this February 20, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Labourers repair electrical pylons which were damaged during snowfall on the outskirts of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, in this February 20, 2008 file picture. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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China's Vice President Xi Jinping speaks with Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (not pictured) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing in this August 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool/Files

China's Vice President Xi Jinping speaks with Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (not pictured) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing in this August 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool/Files

China's Vice President Xi Jinping speaks with Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (not pictured) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing in this August 29, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool/Files
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