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When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

Tu Mu says: "If the enemy open friendly relations be sending hostages, it is a sign that they are anxious for an armistice, either because their strength is exhausted or for some other reason." But it hardly needs a Sun Tzu to draw such an obvious inference.

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