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China's President Xi calls for stronger frontier defences, reports Xinhua

Published on Jun 28, 2014 12:11 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - President Xi Jinping said China should strengthen its frontier defences on land and sea, state media reported on Saturday amid territorial disputes with neighbouring nations which have accused Beijing of being increasingly aggressive in pressing its claims.

Mr Xi made the remarks at a "national meeting" on Friday also attended by Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, the official Xinhua news agency said.

In his remarks on the defence of China's borders, Mr Xi said the country's weakness in the past had allowed others to bully it.

"Foreign aggressors broke China's land and sea defence for hundreds of times, plunging the Chinese nation into the abysm of calamity, Mr Xi added, calling on the people not to forget the history of humiliation and to build a strong frontier," the report said.

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