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Chinese folk artist Zhang Luo shows off his gourd painted with a portrait of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ahead of Communist China’s 60th anniversary, in Beijing on September 2, 2009. China plans to create a ‘moat’ around Beijing for its National Day festivities on October 1 as part of a massive security crackdown ahead of ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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Chinese folk artist Zhang Luo shows off his gourd painted with a portrait of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ahead of Communist China's 60th anniversary, in Beijing on September 2, 2009. China plans to create a "moat" around Beijing for its National Day festivities on October 1 as part of a massive security crackdown ahead of the sensitive anniversary, state media said. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese folk artist Zhang Luo shows off his gourd painted with a portrait of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ahead of Communist China's 60th anniversary, in Beijing on September 2, 2009. China plans to create a 'moat' around Beijing for its National Day festivities on October 1 as part of a massive security crackdown ahead of the sensitive anniversary, state media said.

See more images of China's anniversary preparations here. 

Chinese folk artist Zhang Luo shows off his gourd painted with a portrait of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon ahead of Communist China’s 60th anniversary, in Beijing on September 2, 2009. China plans to create a ‘moat’ around Beijing for its National Day festivities on October 1 as part of a massive security crackdown ahead of the sensitive anniversary, state media said.

See more images of China’s anniversary preparations here. 

STR/AFP/Getty Images

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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