How Deng Xiaoping set China on a path to rule the world – ABC News

A close up photo of Deng Xiaoping in a dark coat

What has certainly been left astern is Deng’s advice that China should “keep a low profile” or “bide its time” — tao guang yang hui — as its power and influence grows. The use of this phrase has been variously interpreted over the years as either a warning from Deng that China should avoid throwing its weight around or a ruse in which Beijing stealthily accumulates power without making it too obvious. Under Xi’s brand of Chinese nationalism, the approach has been discarded. This may have been inevitable as China becomes more powerful, but it is at least debatable whether a shrewd Deng Xiaoping would have countenanced an approach that risked antagonising much of the rest of the world.

Source: How Deng Xiaoping set China on a path to rule the world – ABC News

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