7.12

Chapter: Maneuvering 7.12
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Translation:

We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.

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Commentary

History is full of alliances that turned into treachery. If another offers a hand, ask ‘What do they really seek? What is in it for them?’

When you know their true desires and intent, you can then determine whether to ally with them and how you can trust them.