A CHINESE spokeswoman yesterday blamed Japan for causing the current tensions in bilateral relations by breaking the consensus on the Diaoyu Islands issue.
Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the first session of the 12th National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, said China is willing to resolve disputes through negotiations.
However, "one hand alone can't clap," Fu said, quoting a Chinese proverb to indicate that Japan has failed to engage in negotiations.
She said the Japanese government's move to "purchase" part of the islands went against the consensus reached by the two countries, which in turn shook China's basis for maintaining restraint.
"That's the reason why China sent patrol vessels to the Diaoyu Islands area," said Fu.
"If the other party chooses to take tougher measures and abandon consensus, 'it is impolite not to reciprocate,' as another Chinese proverb says," she said.
Fu said it was necessary for China to strengthen its oceanic strategy to further open up and integrate into the international community. She emphasized that China's oceanic policy was one of peaceful development and cooperation.
Fu said some Western countries and Japan had acted in an aggressive way in questioning China's words and actions.
China used to be very weak and is a new player in the game, and that's why the old powers paid so much attention to a newcomer gradually getting close to the center of the world stage, she said. "All the world wishes to know more about us, more about our future role, whether we'll get along well with them or not."
"In fact, many Chinese people hope that China should act in a more agressive way, especially when facing provocation," she said.
Fu defended China's military spending, saying investments in the armed forces contributed to global peace and stability.
This year's defense budget will be in the overall budget to be released today.
Approving the budget is among the key tasks of the NPC session, which this year will see new leaders elected into top government positions.
Fu said China maintained a strictly defensive military posture and cited UN peacekeeping missions and anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden as examples of China's contribution to world peace and stability.
05 March 2013