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Special Report - China's military hawks take the offensive

An aerial photo shows the Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 (L) cruising as a Japan Coast Guard ship Ishigaki sails near Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea in this file photograph by Kyodo September 14, 2012. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files

An aerial photo shows the Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 (L) cruising as a Japan Coast Guard ship Ishigaki sails near Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea in...more

An aerial photo shows the Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 (L) cruising as a Japan Coast Guard ship Ishigaki sails near Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea in this file photograph by Kyodo September 14, 2012. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files
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People's Liberation Army (PLA) Lieutenant General Liu Yuan speaks at a ceremony commemorating the 105th birth anniversary of his late father, former Chinese president Liu Shaoqi, in his father's hometown in Ningxiang county, central China's Hunan province in this November 24, 2003 file photograph. REUTERS/China Newsphoto/Files

People's Liberation Army (PLA) Lieutenant General Liu Yuan speaks at a ceremony commemorating the 105th birth anniversary of his late father, former Chinese president Liu Shaoqi, in his father's hometown in Ningxiang county, central China's Hunan...more

People's Liberation Army (PLA) Lieutenant General Liu Yuan speaks at a ceremony commemorating the 105th birth anniversary of his late father, former Chinese president Liu Shaoqi, in his father's hometown in Ningxiang county, central China's Hunan province in this November 24, 2003 file photograph. REUTERS/China Newsphoto/Files
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Activists (from L to R) Koo Sze-yiu, Bull Tsang Kin-shing, Wu Xi-yao, Fang Xiao-song and Lu Song-chang, who are part of the group of Chinese activists who went to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, cheer as they arrive at Hong Kong airport in this August 17, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

Activists (from L to R) Koo Sze-yiu, Bull Tsang Kin-shing, Wu Xi-yao, Fang Xiao-song and Lu Song-chang, who are part of the group of Chinese activists who went to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, cheer as they arrive at Hong Kong airport in...more

Activists (from L to R) Koo Sze-yiu, Bull Tsang Kin-shing, Wu Xi-yao, Fang Xiao-song and Lu Song-chang, who are part of the group of Chinese activists who went to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, cheer as they arrive at Hong Kong airport in this August 17, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files
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A protester destroys an overturned Japanese-brand police car with an metal rod during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this August 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files

A protester destroys an overturned Japanese-brand police car with an metal rod during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this August 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files

A protester destroys an overturned Japanese-brand police car with an metal rod during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this August 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files
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Fishing boats are seen departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, in this September 17, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Fishing boats are seen departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, in this September 17, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Fishing boats are seen departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, in this September 17, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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Paramilitary police stand guard in front of protesters on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, in Shanghai in this September 18, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

Paramilitary police stand guard in front of protesters on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, in Shanghai in this September 18, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

Paramilitary police stand guard in front of protesters on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, in Shanghai in this September 18, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files
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Protesters, holding banners, placards and Chinese national flags, march down a street during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this August 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files

Protesters, holding banners, placards and Chinese national flags, march down a street during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this August 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files

Protesters, holding banners, placards and Chinese national flags, march down a street during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this August 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files
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A man kicks the door of a Japanese pub decorated with Chinese national flags during a protest on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, in Shenzhen, in this September 18, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files

A man kicks the door of a Japanese pub decorated with Chinese national flags during a protest on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, in Shenzhen, in this September 18, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files

A man kicks the door of a Japanese pub decorated with Chinese national flags during a protest on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, in Shenzhen, in this September 18, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Keita Van/Files
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China's Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan delivers an address titled “Security and Stability in the Indo-Pacific region – a Chinese perspective” during the Chief of Army’s Exercise 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in this October 29, 2012 file photograph provided by the Australian Department of Defence. REUTERS/Australian Department of Defence/Handout/Files

China's Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan delivers an address titled “Security and Stability in the Indo-Pacific region – a Chinese perspective” during the Chief of Army’s Exercise 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in this October 29,...more

China's Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan delivers an address titled “Security and Stability in the Indo-Pacific region – a Chinese perspective” during the Chief of Army’s Exercise 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in this October 29, 2012 file photograph provided by the Australian Department of Defence. REUTERS/Australian Department of Defence/Handout/Files
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China's Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan sits behind a desk during the Chief of Army’s Exercise 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in this October 29, 2012 file photograph provided by the Australian Department of Defence. REUTERS/Australian Department of Defence/Handout/Files

China's Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan sits behind a desk during the Chief of Army’s Exercise 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in this October 29, 2012 file photograph provided by the Australian Department of Defence....more

China's Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan sits behind a desk during the Chief of Army’s Exercise 2012 at Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in this October 29, 2012 file photograph provided by the Australian Department of Defence. REUTERS/Australian Department of Defence/Handout/Files
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People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Luo Yuan speaks to journalists in front of the Great Hall of the People during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Luo Yuan speaks to journalists in front of the Great Hall of the People during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photograph....more

People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Luo Yuan speaks to journalists in front of the Great Hall of the People during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing in this March 3, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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Chinese Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong gives a speech at Hubei University in Wuhan, Hubei province in this December 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Chinese Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong gives a speech at Hubei University in Wuhan, Hubei province in this December 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Chinese Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong gives a speech at Hubei University in Wuhan, Hubei province in this December 19, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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