Times of India, 28 June 2018
BEIJING: President Xi Jinping told US defence secretary James Mattis he wouldn’t give up any territory that China considered its own, an unusually blunt warning as security disputes simmer below a fight over trade.
Xi made his remarks while meeting Mattis on Wednesday in Beijing, the first such visit by a US defence chief in more than four years. The comments appeared to be a reference to US complaints about Chinese military deployments in the disputed South China Sea and a push by American lawmakers to expand ties with the democratically run island of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a province.
“Our stance is steadfast and clear-cut when it comes to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said, according to Xinhua News Agency. “We cannot lose one inch of territory passed down by our ancestors. Meanwhile, we want nothing from others.”
If South China sea is China’s then Indian Ocean belongs to India. Spamonymous
During his meeting with Mattis here on Wednesday, Xi said China and the US should promote the development of bilateral ties based on the principle of mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
Mattis’s meeting with Xi also took place amid the spiralling tariff spat between US and China.