**FILE** U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy (left) meets with Gen. Ma Xiaotian, the People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of staff (right) during a bilateral meeting Dec. 7, 2011, at the Bayi Building in Beijing. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy (left) meets with Gen. Ma Xiaotian, the People's Liberation Army's deputy chief of staff (right) during a bilateral meeting Dec. 7, 2011, at the Bayi Building in Beijing. (Associated Press)