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Xi says China not 'expansionist', but won't give up an inch of territory

From the territory left by our ancestors, we won't give up even one inch

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China's President Xi Jinping

Chinese President told US Defence Secretary on Wednesday that would not create chaos in the world, but he defended its claim to disputed islands in the South Sea.

"Chinese people must build a strong socialist modernised country, but we insist on taking the path of peaceful development. We will not follow the path of expansionism and colonialism, we will not bring chaos to the world," Xi told the visiting Pentagon chief.

But Xi, quoted by Xinhua news agency, added: "From the territory left by our ancestors, (we won't) give up even one inch.

First Published: Wed, June 27 2018. 20:34 IST