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Commentary: China advocates peace but will never trade in peace

(People's Daily Online)

08:46, January 17, 2013

"Never solve the issue of the Diaoyu Islands by force. China and Japan should not deal with the issue of the Diaoyu Islands through war." said a netizen recently about the dispute of the Diaoyu Islands.

Maj. Gen. Luo Yuan, a famous expert on military issues, expressed that the netizen referred to a very idealized state. Peace is a balance of power. Peace will also come if one side imposes his will upon the other side, but it is a dirty and humiliating peace. Although we advocate peace, we can never trade in peace.

By quoting the strategy of "the best policy in war is to thwart the enemy's strategy; the second best is to disrupt his alliances through diplomatic means; the third best is to attack his army in the field; the worst policy of all is to attack walled cities" from The Art of War, Luo Yuan said that to attack the army and walled cities is the last resort, but also an indispensable and irreplaceable resort. Previously, we should resolve the issue with wisdom and strategy. Now, we are not at the end of our wisdom and strategies on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands, and we still have many non-war means to choose.

However, it does not only depend on the Chinese side whether the issue of the Diaoyu Islands will be solved through peaceful means or not. The tree craves calm but the wind will not subside – things do not go on as we wish. Presently, the Japanese side has frequently escalated the tension of the issue of the Diaoyu Islands and pushed the situation to the brink of war, and therefore, we must prepare for the worst. Luo Yuan said that only by being prepared can we avoid dangers and only by daring to fight can we make peace with each other, which is the dialectics of war and peace.

Translated by China Military Online

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