9.19

Chapter: The Army on the March 9.19
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Translation:

When he keeps aloof and tries to provoke a battle, he is anxious for the other side to advance.

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Commentary

An enemy that avoids an all-out fight does so for a reason.

If they repeatedly provoke you and then retreat, they clearly want you to follow, perhaps to a place of their choosing for the battle or into an ambush.

Beware of business competitors who make weak provocation. They may be testing you or seeking to drain your resources in ineffective responses.