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"Kissinger never lets you down. He manages to succintly summarize key differences between the West and China using the appropriate analogy of chess and wei qi (or Go). "If chess is all about decisive battle, wei qi is about protracted campaign. The chess player aims for total victory. The wei qi player seeks relative advantage. (p. 23)" 19 minutes ago

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