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September 17, 2012
Larry Downing photo

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, is welcomed by Chinese military leaders after his arrival at Beijing International Airport Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Panetta is on his third trip to Asia in 11 months, reflecting the Pentagon’s ongoing shift to put more military focus on the Asia-Pacific.

Larry Downing photo

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, is welcomed with flowers as China’s Chief of the General Staff Gen. Ma Xiao Tian, right, and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, center, look on after Panetta’s arrival at Beijing International Airport Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Panetta is on his third trip to Asia in 11 months, reflecting the Pentagon’s ongoing shift to put more military focus on the Asia-Pacific.

Larry Downing photo

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, left, shakes hands with China’s Chief of the General Staff Gen. Ma Xiao Tian as U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, center, looks on after Panetta’s arrival at Beijing International Airport Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Panetta is on his third trip to Asia in 11 months, reflecting the Pentagon’s ongoing shift to put more military focus on the Asia-Pacific.