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Monday, January 26, 2009

Tao Guang Yang Hui

There possibly could be no better resource on Chinese political study for me right now than this Blog by a chap called Sun Bin, and the concept of Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦).

Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦) as a strategy - is China a threat?

"Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek made a great observation in China's strategy on Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), literally translated as "Hide brightness, nourish obscurity" (see Mike Pillsbury for a good introduction in English, but some of his conclusions would be argued against in part II of this blog) or "Bide our time and focus on building ourselves". Zakaria also praised the wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew's comments on education for China's next generation, whom he worries may not understand the importance of being humble. LKY's deep insight contrast sharply with the views from some low ranking officials in China and many western observers (perhaps including himself) who seem to have missed one of LKY's points. LKY's comment has two fold meanings, about popular education / indoctrination of TGYH and about the need to ensure that TGYH will be adopted as the long term strategy in future generations..."

Here for the full article