11.43

Chapter: The Nine Situations 11.43
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Translation:

When you leave your own country behind, and take your army across neighborhood territory, you find yourself on critical ground. When there are means of communication on all four sides, the ground is one of intersecting highways.

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Commentary

‘Critical ground’ is not one of the nine varieties. When you just want to cross the territory of a non-enemy, this can annoy the territory owners. You may need to ask permission. You may also cross quickly or stealthily to avoid detection. Or else you may find yourself in an unwanted fight.

At ‘Intersecting highways’ there are many routes that may be taken, making this a strategic position.