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China cannot lose 'any inch' of territory, Xi tells Mattis

Trust and communication focus of Beijing talks amid trade tensions

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, told U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis China would not budge on territorial matters. (From CCTV footage/Kyodo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, told U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis that Beijing would not budge on territorial matters. (From CCTV footage/Kyodo)

BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- President Xi Jinping told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis that China will not concede "any inch of territory" in a meeting on Wednesday, while stressing that areas of cooperation far outweigh differences.

The visit came amid rising trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. At the meeting held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi said that "China will neither pursue the path of expansionism and colonialism, nor cause chaos to the world."

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