“Weapons are ominous tools to be used only when there is no alternative.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
“In ”Behind China’s Threats” (front page, March 7), you note that China’s military options for attacking Taiwan ”remain limited and impractical.’
There are other means to victory, as taught by the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu. He wrote, ”Weapons are ominous tools to be used only when there is no alternative” and ”to subdue the enemy’s army without fighting is the acme of skill.”
How do you do that? By attacking the mind of the enemy, he said, by intimidating him, subverting his will to fight, dividing him internally and from his allies.” (Weeks, 2000)
Weeks, A.L. (2000) China’s Strategy. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/03/12/opinion/l-china-s-strategy-217255.html. [Accessed: 04 September, 2016].