Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a tough line on national sovereignty Tuesday amid multiple territorial disputes with his country’s neighbors, saying China will never permit the loss of ’any piece’ of its land to outsiders.
In a stern warning to its border nations, President Xi added that China would never ’swallow the bitter fruit of damage’.
The President’s declaration came during a nearly one-hour speech marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
’The Chinese people treasure peace and we absolutely do not engage in invasion and expansion. However, we have the confidence to conquer all forms of invasion,’ Xi told government leaders and current and retired PLA members.
’We absolutely will not permit any person, any organization, any political party - at any time, in any form - to separate any piece of Chinese territory from China,’ Xi said to applause.
’No one should expect us to swallow the bitter fruit of damage to our sovereignty, security and development interests.’
Xi made no reference to any specific conflicts or disputes during his address.