The Key to Chinese Foreign Policy Today?
“A great state is like the delta of a mighty river;
It is where the whole world gathers.
It is the female of the whole world.
The female always gets the better of the male through stillness.
Through stillness, she places herself below the male.
And so, a great state, by placing itself below a lesser state, can take the lesser state.
The great state wants no more than to provide for all people alike.”
Translated by Philip J. Ivanhoe