美人計/Mei Ren Ji – Beauty Stratagem
Original Text: If an army is strong, attack it’s general; if the general is wise, cut down his emotions. If the general is feeble the army will collapse, their power naturally withered. Take advantage of this to resist invasion, & arrange mutual defense.
Analysis: When faced with formidable military strength, you must subdue its commander in chief; when faced with a resourceful commander in chief, you must weaken his will to fight. When the commander in chief’s will to fight is weak, & the soldier’s morale is depressed, the army in that case will lose its fighting strength. Exploit the enemy’s weak points to advance his division & collapse, in that case it’s possible to conveniently preserve one’s own strength.