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  • Chinese President Hu Jintao (right) administers the oath of office to Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's new chief executive, as he is sworn in for a five-year term at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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