A great country should be like a river delta:
As placid as a woman whose quiescence
Receives and gently overcomes her lover.

When a large country puts itself at the service of a small one
The larger absorbs the smaller.
When a small country submits to a large one
It conquers the large one without force of arms.
To yield is to conquer, to conquer is to yield.

The large country wants to shelter the small country,
And the small country wants to be sheltered.
For both to have what they want
The larger country should bear itself very low.

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