China’s development is not designed to pose a threat to any country. This was the key takeaway from Chinese President Xi Jinping as he made the three hour long speech.
He also said that none should expect China to swallow anything that undermines its interests but added a conciliatory note saying Beijing is opposed to “the practice of the strong bullying the weak.
The statements were seen as given in context of India. It may be recalled that in mid-June this year, Indian soldiers stopped the Chinese army from constructing a new road on the remote Doklam Plateau, triggering the worst military standoff between the countries in decades.
India said the new road would give China access to a strategically crucial narrow strip of land or “Chicken’s Neck” that links it to its northeastern states. China retaliated that it has every right to build roads on its territory.>