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What is China's motto?

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As of 2014, China does not have an official motto. According to the Rand Corporation, Chinese scholars and officials are considering the statement "China's peaceful rise" as a possible motto in the near term. The phrase acknowledges former problems with rising Chinese power and the desire to avoid those pitfalls.

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In 2003, former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao voiced the phrase "China's peaceful rise" during a speech to Harvard University students. The statement is intended to show that China values regional and global stability as the country's power and influence expands. This is a departure from past mottos, which were used by the Chinese Communist Party as propaganda.

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