China says won't 'back down' on territorial disputes
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China today kicked off its annual legislative sessions with a stern warning to Japan and neighbouring countries that it will not "back down" on issues relating to sovereignty and Tokyo should bear responsibility for any military friction over the disputed islands.
"China wants to be friendly with Japan and all other countries. But we do have our principles and base lines and will not back down in anyway on issues regarding the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Lyu Xinhua, spokesman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, (CPPCC) told a press meet telecast live all over China.
CPPCC, an advisory legislative body with about 2,237 appointed members meets two days ahead of the main legislature, the National People's Congress, (NPC), which would be meeting for the first time after the new Communist Party leadership, headed by Xi Jinping was elected last November.
The new-look CPPCC with recently-appointed members like Hong Kong-based film star Jackie Chan and last year's winner of Nobel Prize for literature, Mo Yan would begin its week-long meetings here tomorrow.
Xi would be formally elected as President by NPC next week besides the new cabinet and other top government officials marking the end of the country's once-in-a-decade
The old regime headed by Hu Jintao would formally step down during the session.
Asked whether there is any possibility for a war between China and Japan, Lyu said Japan must be held responsible for the consequences should any friction take place due to its disturbance of China's patrolling of the disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkakus by Japan.
"Japan must take all consequences should any friction (with China) take place because Japan insists on its wrong deeds on the Diaoyu Islands issue, even using vessels and planes of Japan's Self-Defence Forces to disturb normal law enforcement by China's vessels and planes," he said.
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