Chinese premier responds to "arrogance" charge

08:22, March 15, 2010      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao answers questions during a press conference after the closing meeting of the Third Session of the 11th National People''s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2010. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)

The attitude of China and its people towards foreign countries and how China acts on the international stage were a hot topic at a press conference Sunday when Premier Wen Jiabao met the press.

China remains a developing county despite its achievements, Wen said. The country pursues peaceful development and advocates international cooperation, however, it would never hesitate to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.


He was first asked at the press conference after the National People''s Congress (NPC) annual session to comment on his "decision not to attend a key meeting" before the Copenhagen climate change summit last year and the Chinese delegation to the Copenhagen conference being perceived as "arrogant."

Wen said he and the Chinese delegation hadn''t received any invitation to a small-scope meeting between several countries'' leaders on Dec. 17.

"We haven''t received any explanation until now. It''s still a mystery to me," Wen said.

Wen said he learned from a European country''s leader, at a banquet hosted by Danish Queen, about the meeting that would be held later in the evening, and saw China was on the list of the meeting''s participating countries.

He immediately told the Chinese delegation to check and confirmed that no notification had been received, even though, he decided to send Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei to the meeting on behalf of the Chinese delegation.

He also voiced his dissatisfaction on the snub against China, "It still perplexes me why some people keep trying to make an issue about China (in this regard)."


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