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China plays cards close to chest in military transparency bid

A soldier stands guard behind a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A soldier stands guard behind a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July...more

A soldier stands guard behind a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Soldiers run past a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Soldiers run past a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012,...more

Soldiers run past a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Pilots answer questions from foreign media after a flight performance with a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Pilots answer questions from foreign media after a flight performance with a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter...more

Pilots answer questions from foreign media after a flight performance with a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Z-9WZ military helicopters designed and manufactured by China perform during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Z-9WZ military helicopters designed and manufactured by China perform during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army...more

Z-9WZ military helicopters designed and manufactured by China perform during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A journalist takes a picture of M-171 introduced from Russia during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A journalist takes a picture of M-171 introduced from Russia during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on...more

A journalist takes a picture of M-171 introduced from Russia during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A soldier stands guard next to a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A soldier stands guard next to a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July...more

A soldier stands guard next to a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China performs as a bird flies past it during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China performs as a bird flies past it during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing,...more

A Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China performs as a bird flies past it during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A soldier stands guard next to a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A soldier stands guard next to a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July...more

A soldier stands guard next to a Z-9WZ military helicopter designed and manufactured by China during a media visit at the military base of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation 4th Helicopter Regiment, on the outskirts of Beijing, July 24, 2012, ahead of Army Day on August 1. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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