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Chinese People's Liberation Army honor guard members wait to rehearse before a welcome ceremony for the visiting U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno at China's Ministry of Defense in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, Pool)

Chinese People's Liberation Army honor guard members wait to rehearse before a welcome ceremony for the visiting U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno at China's Ministry of Defense in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, Pool)

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