FM rejects accusations of China's "tough stance", calls for objective views on China

08:24, March 08, 2010      

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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Beijing on Sunday that China was misunderstood by some people who have accused the country of becoming "tough," and he called for the abandonment of "colored spectacles" about China.

"We stick to our principals, which is totally different from being tough," Yang said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature.

It has always been the mission for China's diplomacy to defend China's sovereignty, security and development interests, while promoting world peace and development, he said.

"Where are the justice and principles if one views the actions taken by a country to defend its core interests and dignity as being 'tough', and takes for granted actions infringing the interests of others?" Yang asked.

He also called on some foreign countries to stop looking at China through "colored spectacles", expressing the hope that the world would have objective views about China.

"We hope the world will appreciate China's uniqueness and real national circumstances and abandon their colored spectacles, or stereotyped perceptions about China, particularly the psychological bias against China," Yang said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the country's top legislature.

"I like oil paintings and Chinese traditional paintings. But if one tries to appreciate the Chinese painting using the criteria of oil painting, there may be a mistake here," he said.

Yang noted that although China has scored great achievements in social and economic development, it is still a developing country with a large population and weak economic foundation and uneven development.

"There is still a long way to go to achieve modernization," he said.

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