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FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at a Pentagon news conference in Washington. Hagel will meet for the first time with China's Minister of National Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan at the Pentagon on Aug. 19. Hagel is presiding over a Pentagon making a deliberate "pivot" to Asia after more than a decade of wars in the greater Middle East, and improving ties with China is at the heart of the Obama administration's Asia strategy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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