Xi Jinping has warned that China will not tolerate any infringement of its sovereignty or territory, in a speech delivered as the country finds itself embroiled in several territorial disputes with neighbors. “We will never seek aggression or expansion but we have the confidence to defeat all invasions,” the Chinese president said in an hour-long speech on the 90th anniversary of the founding of the country’s army. His comments came as Japan mounted a formal diplomatic protest to demand that China stop its renewed drilling operations in the East China Sea, the Financial Times reports. “It is highly regrettable that China is pressing ahead with its unilateral development in the East China Sea in an area where the border between Japan and China is not yet determined,” said Fumio Kishida, Japan’s foreign minister who is doubling as defense minister until a cabinet reshuffle later this week.
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