chapter  3
Core interests and great power responsibilities: the evolving pattern of China’s foreign policy
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For many years after the end of the Cold War , knowing that its developing national strength did not allow it to exert enough clout, China followed what is called the policy of taoguang yanghui – biding time while hiding capabilities, and focusing on national strength-building, as advised by Deng Xiaoping in the early 1990s for China to keep a low profi le and avoid confrontations with the US and other major powers across a range of fronts (Den 2009 : 18). After 30 years of rapid economic growth, China weathered the global economic slowdown in 2008-2010 better than many Western countries.