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    U.S. Sends Diplomat to China

    This photo taken on September 15, 2011 shows a group of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers learning how to keep their guns steady during training at their base in Luzhou, in southwest China's Sichuan province. In its rush for modernization, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), the largest army in the world, began an operation to seduce Chinese students, in an approach that offers an outlet for young graduates who are facing growing unemployment.     CHINA OUT      AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A senior U.S. diplomat has been dispatched to China as tensions rise between the two countries over Chinese dissent Chen Guangcheng seeking refuge at the American Embassy in Beijing. Kurt M. Campbell, an assistant secretary of state, landed in China Sunday to discuss the matter with officials and ensure it doesn’t impair relations. This week, Hillary Clinton has scheduled meetings with Chinese leadership, who gathered today to decide what to tell her, according to an official. Today, Mitt Romney called for the American government to do everything in their power to protect Guangcheng, and put pressure on China to end human rights abuses. An activist friend of Guangcheng’s confirmed that he has, indeed, taken refuge at the American Embassy.

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