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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (left) and Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, meet at the Diaoyutai Guest House in Beijing on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (left) and Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, meet at the Diaoyutai Guest House in Beijing on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

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