黑猫白猫抓住耗子就是好猫

Pronounced:
hēi māo bái māo zhuāzhù hàozi jiùshì hǎo māo
Literally:
“black cat, white cat, catch mice is good cat”
Means:
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a black cat or a white cat, if it catches mice it’s a good cat.” Deng Xiaoping’s famous reformist pronouncement favouring practicality over ideology. (There’s no actual direct quote; different versions of this are attributed to Deng, though all convey the same idea.)

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