“Be so subtle that you are invicible. Be so mysterious that you are intangible. Then you will control your rivals’ fate” – Sun Tzu The Art of War
China’s second phase of developments of building wealth, power, and cohesiveness under Deng Xiaoping and his successors Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao were done in such a way that didn’t appear threatening to other countries, especially the dominant power (i.e., the United States). This policy was known as “hide and bide” which means to “bide our time and hide our capabilities”
China’s civilization with its highly civilized behavior has a long and continuous history that began about 4,000 years ago
"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time"