Strategy Thirty-One Beauty Trap
If the enemy forces are strong, try to subdue their general; if the general is wise, try to crush his willpower. When the general becomes infirm and the soldiers listless, their combat power will dwindle. It is of benefit to resist an invasion; security can be attained by internal unity.
Strategy Thirty-Two Empty-City Scheme
Bear a weak appearance when in a weak position to create doubts in the already doubtful enemy. Used by the weak against the strong, it works wonders of the most wondrous kind.
Strategy Thirty-Three Turn the Enemy’s Agents Against Him
Lead the enemy into his own trap. Union from within; one will not lose oneself.
Strategy Thirty-Four Self-torture Scheme
Man does not inflict injury on himself, and a person’s injury proves him a victim. Espionage can be conducted when the enemy takes a false injury to be genuine. The callow youth submits. Good fortune.
Strategy Thirty-Five Interlaced Stratagems
Do not engage an enemy that has many generals and numerous soldiers. Weaken its position by making its troops interlaced. The general secures his rule in the army: Good fortune, with the blessing of Heaven.
Strategy Thirty-Six Running Away as the Best Choice
Evade the enemy to preserve the troops. The army retreats: No blame. It does not violate the normal practice of war.