In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Beijing-based artist Liu Yi pauses in front of his painting of Tibetans at his studio in Songzhuang art village in Tongzhou, on the outskirt of Beijing. Liu is working on a series of black-and-white portraits he knows will never be shown in a Chinese gallery. His varied subjects - men and women, young and old, smiling and pensive - have one thing in common: They are Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest repressive Chinese rule. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Beijing-based artist Liu Yi pauses in front of his painting of Tibetans at his studio in Songzhuang art village in Tongzhou, on the outskirt of Beijing. Liu is working on a series of black-and-white portraits he knows will never be shown in a Chinese gallery. His varied subjects - men and women, young and old, smiling and pensive - have one thing in common: They are Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest repressive Chinese rule. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Beijing-based artist Liu Yi pauses in front of his painting of Tibetans at his studio in Songzhuang art village in Tongzhou, on the outskirt of Beijing. Liu is working on a series of black-and-white portraits he knows will never be shown in a Chinese gallery. His varied subjects - men and women, young and old, smiling and pensive - have one thing in common: They are Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to protest repressive Chinese rule. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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