China will remain “assertive and strong” on territorial issues, including incidents like the stand-off with India in Doklam, a senior foreign policy expert has said. “Safeguarding territory is core interest and we will always be assertive and strong because there is no room for compromise on these issues.
In the past we thought that we will shelve differences and now we can face them squarely,” said China Institutes of Contemporary Relations Vice President Yuan Peng. He made the remarks at an event to discuss the recent National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Yuan said China would safeguard territorial interests in an incremental way. “Even if we can shelve differences, the other party may not do so or agree to do so. So we can face them head on and safeguard our legitimate interests.”