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On a Chinese hospital ship off Hawaii, crew members demonstrate traditional massage techniques to US sailors. The mood is one of collegiality, even after China opted out of Japan-led humanitarian drills at the world’s largest international naval exercise. 

Naval Cmdr Fu from China's navy demonstrates massage therapy on a sailor as US navy sailors observe while aboard the ship Peace Ark during the RIMPAC in Honolulu. The Chinese are using its hospital ship to project a softer image of its maritime power in the Pacific. (Reuters photo)

There are no guns in sight as Capt Sun Tao stands on the deck of the Peace Ark that's taking part in the five-week-long Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as Rimpac. Inside the ship, sailors tuck into fatty pork and steamed buns, watching President Xi Jinping on state television, while others give out Chinese massages.

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