¡@¡@To this end, Jin Sian Gong used
fine horses and jewelry to bribe the duke of Yu in exchange
for safe passage for his army to pass through his country
to attack Guo. The duke of Yu accepted his offer and even
sent troops to lead the way. The Jin army was able to conquered
the city of Sia Yang smoothly.
¡@¡@Three years later, Jin made the same request to the duke
of Yu again. One of the senior officials of Guo, Gong Jhih
Ji, cautioned the duke of Yu against accepting Jin's request
by saying, "Yu is to Guo, as lips are to teeth. If the lips
are gone, the teeth will be exposed to the cold." He explained
the mutually dependent relationship between Yu and Guo, hoping
that the duke of Yu would refuse Jin's request for safe passage.
Instead, both Yu and Guo should unit together to fight Jin.
Despite Gong Jhih Ji's warning and advice, the duke of Yu
chose to ignored him and agreed to Jin's request for safe
passage. Gong Jhih Ji thus predicted that both Yu and Guo
will would be destroyed together before the end of the year.''
That said, he took his family and fled to another country.
¡@¡@ Indeed. a month before the end of the year, Guo was conquered
by Jin. And on their way back through Yu, the Jin army launched
a surprise attack on the unsuspecting Yu. As a result, Yu,
too, was easily conquered by Jin.
Strategy 24: Obtain Safe Passage to Conquer Guo
¡@¡@ Using the convenience given by your enemy to cover up your
real intentions and to increase your power in order to achieve
your ultimate goal.