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Gurkha soldiers keep watch in front of the hotel where the Shangri-La Dialogue is being held in Singapore, June 3. The US is not trying to hold China down or block it as a global power, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said as he flew to an Asian security conference, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, which will include a delegation led by China's Defence Minister, Liang Guanglie.
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