¡@¡@Near the end
of the Warring States Period, the political situation had
developed into a struggle for supremacy among the seven strongest
countries. After the reforms instituted by Shang Yang, Cin
grew stronger by the day. So king Cin Jhao started plans to
conquer the remaining six countries to create the first unified
empire in China.
¡@¡@In 270 BC, king Cin Jhao wanted
to conquer Ci, but his prime minister Fan Suei advised against
this. Instead, he presented king Cin Jhao with a scheme to
befriend a distance state and attack the ones nearby.
¡@¡@Fan Suei said, "Among the six countries, Ci is the
strongest and the farthest away from Cin . If we attack Ci
now, our troops must first go through the territories of Han
and Wei. With too few troops, it is difficult to conquer Ci.
But with enough troops, it would still be impossible to occupy
Ci even if we won. We would be in a no-win situation. Therefore,
why not attack the neighboring Han and Wei first and then
advance towards Ci step by step?" In addition, in order
to prevent Ci from allying with Han and Wei, king Cin Jhao
took the initiative to form an alliance with Ci.
¡@¡@In the forty years that followed, Cin followed the same
policy: Form alliances with Ci and Chu, while taking Han and
Wei first. Later, Cin conquered Jhao and Yan to unify the
north. Afterwards he conquered Chu in the south. Finally,
Cin was able to conquer Ci. King Cin Jhao's dream of unifying
China was thus finalized. This was how king Cin Jhao became
Cin Shih Huag, the first emperor of China.
Strategy 23 : Be friend a Distant State and Conquer the Ones
¡@¡@ When constrained by terrain, you should start with the
closest objective and gradually extend your forces further.