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Is low-profile strategy outdated for China?

(People's Daily Online)

08:09, November 02, 2012

Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once stressed that China should be modest and prudent, keep a low profile, never seek hegemony, and aim to accomplish something.

Certain people wrongly believe that Deng mapped out the low-profile strategy because China was still weak at the time, and now that China has developed into the world’s second largest economy by gross domestic product (GDP), it is time to teach disobedient countries a lesson.

Keeping a low profile is one of China’s long-term strategies, which is determined by the country’s social attributes.

However, rigid adherence to the low-profile strategy can easily lead to “few accomplishments.” At the same time, overemphasis on “accomplish something” and appearing aggressive may damage the overall situation of Chinese diplomacy. China should maintain a flexible low-profile strategy, and play a reasonably active role in world affairs.

The United States is accelerating shifting its strategic focus back to the Asia-Pacific region. Japan is not satisfied with being just the world’s third largest economy, and is thus taking advantage of the United States to gain more benefits. The Philippines and Vietnam have followed suit. It is obvious that they want to provoke and contain China.

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