11. The Nine Situations


Ground which forms the key to three contiguous states,

Ts`au Kung defines this as: "Our country adjoining the enemy's and a third country conterminous with both." Meng Shih instances the small principality of Cheng, which was bounded on the north-east by Ch`i, on the west by Chin, and on the south by Ch`u.

so that he who occupies it first has most of the Empire at his command,

The belligerent who holds this dominating position can constrain most of them to become his allies.

is a ground of intersecting highways.

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