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THE APPLICATION OF WEIQI (GO) TO DEFENSIVE CONQUEST OF INCORRIGIBLE BARBARIANS [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-6-30 10:26:56 |Display all floors
This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-6-30 11:15

China, Korea and Japan have produced some of the best Wei Qi (Go, in Japan) players, and the game has been likened to a war of conquest of territories.  However, there has not been any serious application of its principles to modern warfare, except to state that surrounding an enemy's forces usually results in its capitulatinon or destruction.  This kind of simplified war management can only work in very limited circumstances.

But wait . . .

The Weiqi board game is valuable for not just its rules of play, but also for its assumptions.

First, each stone when placed on the board is unassailable unless it is surrounded either directly it its adjacent spaces, or indirectly in the spaces adjacent to the group to which it belongs.  For this to be true in real warfare, any force deployed onto the board, to count as a stone, must possess this same characteristic.  Clearly, the creators of the game are not interested in small groups that cannot sustain themselves indefinitely when left alone.  Groups that have insufficient food, fuel and firepower for the duration of the entire campaign do not make the grade of being a "stone".  That is a tall order by modern standards.

Secondly, each stone would be able to tolerate the nearby activity of enemy forces adjacent to it in at most 3 separate directions.  Clearly, this assumes that each stone can only project no more than one-third of its total power in any direction it wishes, and therefore a single stone, when surrounded in 3 directions by enemy stones, can still survive their hostile activities.  In fact, this is approximately true in real battles.  But notice that the creators of Weiqi further required that each third of firepower must come from an orthogonally independent direction.  Again, this is true for narrow passes, where a much smaller force can stop a larger army in its tracks, but cannot do so if it is attacked with only one third of the force of the larger army, in three different directions.  

Forces deployed on the battlefield that do not satisfy the above assumptions or criteria are not qualified to be "stones".

The best modern example of using "stones" in warfare was the suggestion of Gen. Hans von Seeckt's to use thirty well-fortified blockhouses connected by three thousand "turtle camps" to be electrically wired as a fence, the perimeter of which was to be defended by 1000 millitary trucks ready to mobilize with lightning speed to any point of attack by the Jaiangxi Soviet forces seeking to break the blockade.  It was fundamentally warfare by seige.  This was the fifth and final encirclement campaign against the Jiangxi Soviety in 1934, that succeeded within less than a year of von Seeckt's arrival as the head of the German mission advising Chiang Kaishek against the communist forces.  It seems to have succeeded in dislodging the Jiangxi Soviet's forces, that had lost 40% of its manpower and equipment by the time it chose to retreat on a Long March.  But it also failed to truly corner it its opponent, because it was simply too slow and redundant.  In the end, one can say, it really failed against the strategy of Mao to march all the way to Yan'an, where the Hebei Soviet forces of He Long joined him.  Mao also bested Chiang's leadership by adopting by coincidence, another of von Seeckt's cardinal principles of military preparedness, which is that hands of steel and hearts of iron are more important than the weapons themselves.  When Mao counterattacked from Yan'an, he took key spots and turned them into his strongholds without need for electric fences to connect them.  These were impregnable bastions in themselves, and led to the route of the entire Chiang army at a blistering speed that won the final war in 1949.  

As applied to Japan, if indeed a "defensive conquest" is necessary to preserve the security and sovereignty of the Chinese people, the twin questions that China needs to answer ahead of time are:

(1)  What kinds of forces can China deploy into and around Japanese territory that can qualify as "stones"?

(2)  Where in the entire land, sea and air space of Japan should these "stones" be placed, to maximize one's control of the enemy territory, and deny the enemy's control of the same.

After this, China will have to answer how Japan would respond to these same questions as regards Chinese territory.

And the final chapter of this game will depend on how both sides conduct the Warfare of Weiqi with modern technology and current states of heart of their respective populations.  In all scenarios, the aim is not to decimate the innocent civilian populations, but rather, to take them out of the control of the enemies who order, work, and arm them to behave like the barbarians that their leaders have been, are, and will always be.






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Post time 2014-7-7 09:35:35 |Display all floors
This post was edited by abramicus at 2014-7-7 09:37

LESSONS FROM THE SAGES WHO CREATED WEI QI

1.  Warfare that does not involve the creation and deployment of "stones" have no territorial impact - thus the Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War, Afghanistan War all have resulted in no territorial changes.

2.  A "stone" de facto completely dominates, but may also completely destroy, the location where it is placed at.  The Nazi use of concentration camps and the Allied use of atomic bombs are examples of the existence and properties of "stones".  The Maginot Line is an example of a string of stones that failed to survive being routed because it did not have a self-sustaining strategic rear, which according the sages that created Wei Qi, is useless when singular, which can be dominated by a single stone, but becomes undefeatable when it uccurs in two or more separate locations.  China must think beyond the crudest forms of stones, like concentration camps, atomic bombs and military fortifications, and create a newer, more effective, and more humane form of "stone" in its defensive conquest of Japan.  When Mao took over China, in contest with Chiang, he won over the hearts of the people of major cities and towns, leading to a rapid encirclement of Chiang's forces which numerically were superior at the beginning.  That is an application of Wei Qi that is more humane than the concetration camps of the Nazi's or the use of atomic weapons on innocent civilians in Japan.  Whatever form "stones" may take, Chna needs to conceptualize and realize such stones, and place them inside Japan, if it wishes to achieve a DEFENSIVE CONQUEST OF JAPAN for the sake of mutual peace and prosperity, given that Japan seems to be currently ruled by a gang of incorrigible barbarians

3.  The journey of a thousand stones begins with the first stone.  No matter how complex and arduous the undertaking, it must be started at some point, at some time, and cannot be left unstarted.  The first step starts the journey.  No first step means no journey.  And no journey means never reaching one's destination.  China has no alternative but to place its first stone.  It might be Diaoyudao, or elsewhere.







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Post time 2014-7-7 09:57:13 |Display all floors
The problem with placing stones is that he who owns the board (or land) my sweep it off anytime.
Drawing a line in the sand (as a challenge) it the quickest way to start problems.
I'm just here for the money

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Post time 2014-7-8 15:07:40 |Display all floors
THE "DEFENSIVE CONQUEST" OF JAPAN HAS BEEN MADE A MATTER OF NATIONAL SURVIVAL FOR CHINA WITH THE 9-11-2012 FORMAL ANNEXATION OF DIAOYUDAO BY JAPAN.

IT PROVED ONE THING BEYOND ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT.

JAPAN CANNOT BE APPEASED.  IT MUST BE PACIFIED.

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Post time 2014-7-8 15:25:21 |Display all floors
HOW THE LORD OF THE RINGS MIRRORS THE WORLD AS VIEWED BY THE BRITISH EMPIRE.

SAURON (BRITISH EMPIRE) SUPPORTS SARUMAN (JAPANESE EMPEROR) WHO TRANSFORMS HIS CAPTIVE POPULACE INTO CRUEL BUT OBEDIENT ORKS, IN ORDER TO ATTACK AND DESTROY MIDDLE-EARTH (CHINA) POPULATED WITH DEFENSELESS HOBBITS (CHINESE PEOPLE).

RRTOLKIEN CANNOT ESCAPE THE REALITY SURROUNDING THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN WHICH HE LIVED.  THAT REALITY WAS TRANSFORMED INTO THE STORY OF MIDDLE-EARTH (CHINA AKA MIDDLE KINGDOM), WHOSE RESOURCES AND MANPOWER BECAME THE BASIS OF THE WEALTH OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.  THE BENEVOLENT ELVES ARE THE KOREAN FRIENDS OF CHINA.

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AS WE REACH THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF JAPAN'S DESCENT INTO TOTAL WAR WITH CHINA - THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 OFFICIAL ANNEXATION OF DIAOYUDAO BY THE IMPERIAL CABINET OF ABE - WE MUST REMIND OURSELVES THAT . . .

CHINA MUST SET DOWN ITS FIRST STONE IN THE DEFENSIVE WAR OF CONQUEST FORCED UPON IT BY JAPAN'S REPEAT AGGRESSION ON CHINA'S SOVEREIGN TERRITORY, IN DIAOYUDAO, ALL OVER AGAIN.

NOW, CHINA IS GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE BY HEAVEN TO RIGHT WHAT WAS WRONG.  AND HISTORY HAS PROVEN THAT THE MERE SURRENDER OF JAPAN'S EMPEROR IS NOT ENOUGH.  CHINA NEEDS TO WAGE A DEFENSIVE WAR OF CONQUEST, JUST AS KUBLAI KHAN REALIZED HE NEEDED TO DO TO SOLVE THE CENTURIES-OLD PROBLEM OF REPEATED JAPANESE ATTACKS ON THE COASTAL CITIES OF CHINA, EVEN IN HIS TIMES.  

THE FIRST STONE IN A BATTLE OF A THOUSAND STONES.

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