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In this photo taken on Aug. 13, 2011, a U.S. Navy fighter attack aircraft F/A18E Super Hornet lands on the deck of USS George Washington (CVN73), off southern coast of Vietnam in South China Sea. Less than a week after China launched its first aircraft carrier, the U.S. has showed off its own big-boy supercarrier to former enemy Vietnam. The visit comes as smaller Asian nations become more jittery amid Beijing's burgeoning maritime ambitions.

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Pentagon: China military growing rapidly

Bolstered by the development of a new stealth fighter, an aircraft carrier and a record number of space launches over the past year, China is on pace to achieve its goal of building a modern, regionally focused military by 2020, according to the Pentagon.

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