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An exhaust vent disguised as a mushroom outside the new US embassy to Beijing, China, Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Jan 1, 2009 marks 30 years since the establishment of China US diplomatic relationships. The strategic marriage of convenience meant to balance out the Soviet threat,has blossomed into a full-fledged relationship _ the two countries are entwined economically and politically to an extent hardly imaginable a couple generations ago. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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