“We cannot enter into alliance with neighboring princes until we are acquainted with their designs” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
From history we learn, when the raising power threatens to displace the dominant power, war is almost always the result.
Typically, there is about 10 to 20 years of some sorts of conflicts (geopolitical, trade, technological or capital) between the raising power and the dominant power before all-out war is declared.
History has shown that the successes of all empires depend on their ability to maintain their strengths without producing the excesses that lead to their declines. The really successful ones have been able to do that for 200-300 years. None has been able to do it forever.
"History repeats itself endlessly for those who are unwilling to learn from the past" - Leon Brown
“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"