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China dismisses intent for hegemonic role in world affairs


BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday rejected speculation that its increased power would prompt the country to seek a leadership or hegemonic role in the world, stressing its path for peaceful development.

"I think neither of your arguments hold water as China has always pursued an independent foreign policy of peace," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told a regular press briefing.

Ma made the comments in response to a reporter's assertion that China's increasingly tougher line in the international arena signified the country's attempt to seek a leadership role in the world.

"We always maintain that nations, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community," Ma said. "We neither bully other countries nor interfere in their domestic issues."

"We never allow any other country to meddle in China's internal affairs or undermine China's sovereignty or security," Ma said.

Ma said the Chinese people understood the country was still a developing country and had a long way to go before accomplishing modernization.

With its increasing power, China would continue to play a constructive role in international affairs and assume its due responsibilities and duties, Ma said.

"China will stick to the path of peaceful development. Both at present and in the future, China will never seek hegemony," Ma said.



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