This caused a chuckle: Chinese premier Wen Jiabao said at the recent Asia Cooperation meeting in Islamabad that Asia should not fear a strong China and that "China will never seek hegemony." What was that thing about nothing being true until it’s been officially denied?
Budding imperialist rule no. 1: Seek hegemony
Budding imperialist rule no. 2: Deny that you are seeking hegemony