China defends ‘fighting spirit’ of Xi’s foreign policy

Xi Jinping is scheduled to begin his third term after the conclusion of the party congress on October 22, with a trip to Indonesia expected in November

Xi Jinping is scheduled to begin his third term after the conclusion of the party congress on October 22, with a trip to Indonesia expected in November

China will continue a “combative” approach to diplomacy with a “rock-solid determination to uphold sovereignty,” officials said Thursday during the week-long Communist Party congress in Beijing.

Party Secretary-General and President Xi Jinping warned of “drastic changes in the international landscape” in the face of “external attempts to blackmail, contain, blockade and exert maximum pressure on China” at the opening of the congress on Sunday, saying China had “shown a fighting spirit”. .

Mr. Xi will begin a third five-year term after the conclusion of the congress on Saturday, and the new members expected to join him in the Politburo will be unveiled on Sunday after the first session of the new Central Committee.

“Chinese diplomacy will continue to show fighting spirit, enhance our combat capability, and always stand by the front line to protect our national interests and our dignity,” Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu told reporters in a press briefing on China’s diplomatic agenda in the next five years on to speak on the sidelines of the current Congress.

“Our determination to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity and the vital interests of the Chinese nation will be rock solid and unshakable,” he said.

Mr. Ma specifically mentioned only relations with the US, Russia and the EU. He also, without naming the US directly, lashed out at “some forces intent on bringing small circles together” and “fomenting a bloc-based confrontation” that “poses the greatest threat to world order.”

Chinese officials have in the past described groups like AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) and Quad (India-US-Australia-Japan) as “small circles”.

Mr. Xi is expected to travel to Indonesia next month, early in his third term, for a state visit as well as the G20 summit, which will also be attended by Prime Minister Modi. Mr Ma did not confirm the trip but said China would support host Indonesia.

Also during the congress, Chen Liu, a PLA delegate, said China’s J20 stealth fighter is now “active” in all five PLA task forces, including the Western Command on the border with India.

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