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China does not see its neighbours as enemies: NPC spokesman

Published on Mar 4, 2014 4:14 PM
 
Fu Ying, spokeman for the second session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC), attends a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014. China does not view any of its neighbours or other countries as enemies, but if a country provokes it and destabilises the region, Beijing must respond effectively to protect its territorial sovereignty and maintain regional stability, Ms Fu said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

China does not view any of its neighbours or other countries as enemies, but if a country provokes it and destabilises the region, Beijing must respond effectively to protect its territorial sovereignty and maintain regional stability, a spokesman for the national parliament said on Tuesday.

"As a big country, we bear a responsibility towards maintaining regional peace and safety.

"Despite the territorial disputes we have with some countries, we have always advocated peaceful means to resolve them. Those that cannot be resolved for now, we can shelf the disputes and pursue joint development," said Ms Fu, the spokesman for the National People's Congress (NPC) who is a former vice foreign minister.

"But if a country wants to provoke us and destroy this consensus and damage regional stability and order, China has to respond and do so effectively, one to protect our territorial claims and another to maintain regional order and peace."

 
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