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China signals 'fighting spirit' diplomacy under Xi Jinping

Beijing vows muscular response amid spat with Britain over attack on protester

Chinese diplomats are under international fire after an altercation involving a protester at the country's consulate in Manchester, England, earlier this week.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China will hit back at "condescending" criticism from other nations with a "fighting spirit," officials said Thursday, signaling a more muscular diplomatic policy as President Xi Jinping gears up for a precedent-breaking third term.

The comments on the sidelines of the national congress in Beijing, the Chinese Communist Party's top leadership meeting, come amid a mounting spat with Britain after a pro-democracy protester was beaten at China's consulate in Manchester.

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