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What Li told British think tanks

China Daily | Updated: 2014-06-19 07:05

According to a line from a Chinese poem: "A mountain when viewed at its face looks like a range, but when viewed from the side looks like a peak". That is to say, a big mountain may leave you with different impressions when viewed from different angles. So today, I'd like to provide you with a full picture of China to help you better understand China.

Our ancestors taught us that we should not do unto others which we do not want others to do unto us. We regard this as an unwritten rule, as this has been imprinted into the DNA of the nation and it becomes an accepted code of conduct for the Chinese people. Expansion is not in the Chinese DNA. Nor can we accept the logic that a strong country is bound to be hegemonic.

War means the failure of human wisdom. Peace is the result of reflecting on disasters and sufferings. Yesterday I was at Downing 10, and I saw on the wall two portraits of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He once said: "In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

What Li told British think tanks

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