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Monday, February 9, 2015

Liu Mingfu et al

Article from the New York Daily Post plugging Michael Pillsbury's The Hundred Year Marathon, a book that claims to reveal China's "secret" plan to depose the US and rule the world.  The book sounds like "China threat" claptrap, and I suspect that China's "secret plans" look a lot like Pentagon contingency plans.  Pillsbury also argues that the Song dynasty Zizhi tongjian ("never been translated"!) has served as some kind of Bible for inscrutable Chinese nefariousness, which sounds like Orientalist nonsense.  However, Pillsbury bases a lot of his stuff on his reading of military figures/writers like Liu Mingfu.  We probably should look at these guys, even if they do not fall into our basic categories.

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