Monday, April 27, 2015

[Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Applied, People's Republic of China (PRC). Welles. 27,4.]

Welles, Donna E.
Washington, DC
27,4. 2015.

[Sun Tzu, The Art of War. Applied, People's Republic of China (PRC). Welles. 27,4.]


Economic Conclusion:

Method presented in The Art of War presupposes Imperial China has the economic base, re giant aqueduct system per massive agricultural projects.
Method presented in The Art of War presupposes Imperial China has the economic base, re elite manufactured goods, technology such as silk, seismographs.

Where are the vulnerabilities, The Art of War?

Two times, Imperial China in possession of this rubric has been defeated.
Mongols per Genghis Kahn, British Empire per the Opium Wars. 13thC, 19thC.
Momentum, (Mass*Velocity) per Mongols. Acted like a sniper rifle per Kung Fu master.
Coal Power per Royal Navy, British Empire. Acted like a flamethrower per Kung Fu master.

Applied to the People's Republic of China, 21stC Global Security

Sun Tzu doesn't advocate ensnaring enemies in quagmires, elaborates warning against them.
'Converted Spies' abound; Insiders who already know everything. Likely, third-parties re Globalism.

Ch2, 'Waging War'. Military Quagmire, Nightmare of the
#2 "If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength."
#3 "Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain."
#4 "Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardour damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity."
#6 "There is no instance of a country having benefitted from prolonged warfare."
#8 "The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice."
#9 "Bring war material with you from home, but forage on the enemy. Thus the army will have food enough for its needs."
#10 "Poverty of the State exchequer causes an army to be maintained by contributions from a distance. Contributing to maintain an army at a distance causes the people to be impoverished."
#11 "On the other hand, the proximity of an army causes prices to go up, and high prices cause the people's substance to be drained away." Note: Why are oil prices not high?
#12 "When their substance is drained away, the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions." Note: Americans no longer have access to liquid capital; Americans can no longer borrow money.



Notes:
Sun Tzu, The Art of War was written 500BC.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War was translated into French 1772.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War was translated into English 1905 (Japanese version), 1910 (Chinese version).


[Welles, Donna E. (27,4. 2015.) Welles. Donna E.] 

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