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《三十六计》中英文对照 Chapter 4

Chapter 4: Chaos Stratagems 第四套:混战计 第十九计 釜底抽薪 extracting the firewood from under the cauldron




Take out the leading argument or asset of someone; "steal someone's thunder". This is the very essence of indirect approach: instead of attacking enemy's fighting forces, the attacks are directed against his ability to wage war.

第二十计 混水摸鱼 muddling the water to catch the fish; fishing in troubled waters ▌原文



Create confusion and use this confusion to further your own goals.

第二十一计 金蝉脱壳 slipping away by casting off a cloak; getting away like the cicada sloughing its skin ▌原文



Mask yourself. Either leave one's distinctive traits behind, thus becoming inconspicuous, or masquerade as something or someone else.

This strategy is mainly used to escape from enemy of superior strength.

第二十二计 关门捉贼 catching the thief by closing / blocking his escape route ▌原文



To capture your enemy, or more generally in fighting wars, to deliver the final blow to your enemy, you must plan prudently if you want to succeed. Do not rush into action. Before you "move in for the kill", first cut off your enemy's escape routes, and cut off any routes through which outside help can reach them.

第二十三计 远交近攻 befriending the distant enemy while attacking a nearby enemy ▌原文



It is known that nations that border each other become enemies while nations separated by distance and obstacles make better allies.

When you are the strongest in one field, your greatest threat is from the second strongest in your field, not the strongest from another field.

第二十四计 假途伐虢 attacking the enemy by passing through a common neighbor ▌原文



Borrow the resources of an ally to attack a common enemy. Once the enemy is defeated, use those resources to turn on the ally that lent you them in the first place.