I make my living as a rough diamond gemologist. Most of my work is in Africa. In the last ten years I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Chinese and Chinese companies in Africa. This does not surprise me. It would have surprised me if they were not moving into Africa in a big way. Africa is after all, the real prize.
Overall, the Chinese are a brilliant people. They do have their quirks and do some things that are plainly ill-considered. An example of their imprudence can be seen in their lack of sound environmental policies that would protect them from the unbelievable pollution problems they endure daily. Be that as it may, currently, China is moving into the 21st century as the dominant force of the world.
Interestingly, it is not intellectual superiority that is driving them forwards. It is not their financial resources, although their resources are certainly impressive. It is not their technological prowess or military capabilities. No, the driving force that will enable the Chinese to dominate the future world is an ancient warrior named Sun Tzu.
The strategies of the great warrior; Sun Tzu, are outlined in his text, “The Art of War”. It is the only strategy the Chinese need to accomplish their goals. If you have never heard of Sun Tzu, Google him; he may be considered to be the greatest military strategist in the history of the world. Mao used his teaching to conquer China and Ho Chi Minh used Sun Tzu’s methods to beat the French and the Americans in Viet Nam. In addition, it was required study for the KGB and our good friend Mr. Putin.
The uniqueness, genius and ruthlessness of Sun Tzu is undeniable. By following his strategies, a country, a corporation, or an individual, can defeat a stronger, more powerful enemy. It is said that a really good general defeats his enemy on the battlefield. However, a great general defeats his enemy without ever going to war! The Chinese are slowly but surely, annihilating their opponents. The great advantage for the Chinese is that most of their opponents do not even know they are engaged in battle.
If you are the leader of a country, and you want to expand your power, influence and territory, you can only do so at the expense of others. If you have an army of 100,000 men, you are unlikely to declare war or attack a country with sophisticated weapons and a million man fighting force. You would not only fail to defeat them, you yourself would be defeated and most likely you will be killed. Even if you can defeat an opponent militarily, why bother when you can overcome him like a trapper overcomes a powerful beast. A good trap is better than a bullet and a gun.
If you are going after a powerful opponent; you are looking for his weaknesses. Attack his weak spots and you will win. This is the first rule of war. Never attack a stronger opponent directly.
Okay, I know what you are thinking. Why is a rough diamond gemologist writing about Sun Tzu? The reason I write is because my own country, and most of the world are under attack and our leaders are incompetent, unaware, or just plain unwise. Of course I pick the “All of the above” check box. The Chinese are slowly, methodically, and continuously applying the teachings of Sun Tzu in order to overcome the rest of the world.
As I said, most of my business is in Africa. This means I have a vested interest in what happens in Africa. Because I visit many African countries I have seen first-hand the invasion of the Chinese in Africa. Not militarily of course, but an invasion is still taking place. The Chinese know Africa is the key to the future of China. Everywhere I go in Africa, the Chinese are setting themselves up to dominate and exploit the natural resources of Africa. The Chinese do not have a 5 year plan; that would not be the way the Chinese operate. They have a 100 year plan. And, their plan is working. As China invests in Africa, the Chinese influence increases daily. They will undoubtedly teach the African politicians and business establishment a thing or two about business.
Sun Tzu’s advice is clear. To take over, or dominate a country, you must undermine that country’s alliances; send in spies to infiltrate, watch, monitor, and influence the movements of your victim. You must sow lies, doubt and dissension amongst the population to undermine the government representatives who are opposed to you. In addition, you use your opponent’s greed and corruption to gain control of his policies. If you follow the directions of Sun Tzu, you can take over a country without ever firing a single shot. It is much easier to take over a country from the inside then to attack it from the outside.
The Chinese today are using technology to their advantage in many ways. They attack the computer systems of companies and countries. They steal their products, information, customer and accounting data and anything else of value. When the Chinese are careless, they are found out, and the news is blasted all over the country. (As an example, take a look at the recent reporting of the theft of America’s F-35 technology by the Chinese). What most people do not seem to realize, is that many of these attacks are not noticed by the victims and are going on continuously all throughout the world.
Our government, our industries, and our people do not realize, or do not know how to stop what is taking place. The Chinese, study and apply the teachings of Sun Tzu constantly. Sun Tzu would be proud. Our leaders in both government and business are watching this happen without any idea of how to combat the Chinese and to a lesser degree, the Russians.
Just this week, an expert on the tactics of Sun Tzu has just taken over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Experts on Sun Tzu, like Putin, engage the world using the methods of Sun Tzu. They enter without appearing to enter, and leave without appearing to have been there in the first place. By the time the quarry realizes what is happening, the Chinese and the Putins of the world have already finished their work. The weak leaders, the so-called Chamberlains and the rest of the inept Western leaders get slapped in the face publicly. In response to the Chinese and Russians, the Western powers spout worthless platitudes while the Putins, and the Chinese laugh at our weak incompetence. I do not blame or criticize the Chinese or Putin for their actions. On the contrary, it is our lack of action and understanding of Sun Tzu’s methods that is the fundamental root cause of their success and our failure.. Sun Tzu has been dead for thousands of years, but I can still feel the pain of his sting.
*(Article title originally quoted by Walter Brennen in the 1944 movie “To have and have not”).
The following article was published one day after I published my article.
Louis Pearl G.G.
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