Chapter 61 of the Tao Teh Ching speaks of great and small countries stooping to lower themselves before the other.

A great country is like the lowland toward which all streams flow. It is the Reservoir of all under heaven, the Feminine of the world.
The Feminine always conquers the Masculine by her quietness, by lowering herself through her quietness.
Hence, if a great country can lower itself before a small country, it will wi over the small country; and if a small country can lower itself before a great country, it will win over the great country. The one wis by stooping; the other, by remaining low.
What a great country wants is simply to embrace more people; and what a small country wants is simply to come to serve its patron. Thus each gets what it wants. But it behooves a great country to lower itself.