"We Chinese will not capitulate. We will not sit and do nothing while our country's interests are being harmed," Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhouxu said in response to a Reuters question at a Thursday news conference to discuss Chinese diplomacy in the decade since Xi assumed power.
The news gains importance as Ma is considered to be among contenders to replace Wang Yi as foreign minister in an upcoming leadership reshuffle.
Going forward, Chinese diplomats will continue to overcome all obstacles, and always be the devoted guardians of the interests of our country and our people.
A global survey released this week by the Washington-based Pew Research Center found that public opinion towards China in the United States and other advanced economies had turned 'precipitously more negative' under Xi.
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