China and The Art of (losing) War

These traditional Russian Matryoshka dolls feature Chinese leaders since the overthrow of the imperial Qing dynasty in 1911, through 2002. Sinologist Edward Luttwak argues that the country has suffered immensely due to its rulers dependence on Sun Tzu's strategy masterpiece, The Art of War. Goh Chai Hin AFP/Getty Images

 Sinologist Edward Luttwak argues that the country has suffered immensely due to its rulers dependence on Sun Tzu’s strategy masterpiece, The Art of War. Goh Chai Hin. AFP/Getty Images

HONG KONG —  writes:  There’s no question that Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” is a brilliant strategy manual.

Everyone from Oracle’s Larry Ellison to the New England Patriots’ Coach Belichick has cited the ancient general’s maxims.

Even Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf was a Sun Tzu devotee.

But when it comes to China’s foreign policy, Sun Tzu’s theories is leading China astray.

That’s one of the intriguing arguments put forward by Edward Luttwak, a China expert and military strategist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in his new book, “The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy.

Luttwak argues that by bullying its neighbors and resorting too often to deception, China is suffering the shortcomings of ancient strategic ideas. These practices, he says, have generated resentment toward China. Read the rest of this entry »