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2012: The Year in China (74 images)

2012 saw the growth of China's military might, a new leader in the Communist party, and the first female astronaut in space.
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China's first female astronaut Liu Yang takes a photo of herself while in low earth orbit on the Shenzhou IX rocket on June 18, 2012. China made history Saturday when it launched a spacecraft sending the nation's first female, along with two male astronauts, into space for its fist manned-docking mission. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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