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Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter.
Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork benefits the Fisherman.
“Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter” means the fierce fighting between two tigers may make them both fall preys to their hunter.
1. The meaning and the actions.
“Dueling by Tigers benefits the Hunter” (“Lưỡng Hổ Nan Tranh, Tiều Phu Đắc Lợi” in Vietnamese) means the fierce fighting between two tigers benefits their hunter . The dueling of two tigers is a rare event. Both of them would then be so exhausted that they both becomes easy preys to any lucky tiger hunter at the scene.
When the quote entered the agriculture and fishery based Vietnamese culture it created a Vietnamese quote “Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork only benefits the Fisherman” . This quote means when a stork tries to peck the flesh out of a clamp, the Clamp may react by closing its strong half-shells to grip on the tips of the beak of the Stork making it stuck to the ground to be drowned at the next high tide. The fisherman only needs to first grab the stuck Stork then dig out the Clamp, if he so wishes.For the fisherman seeing a stork stuck with its beak stuck to the ground, he should catch it. He can also dig out the clamp if he does not need it to trap the next stork.
The morality is that any two parties in any dispute have to know that their fierce fighting may make them both falling prey to some opportunistic third-party.
(“Lưỡng Hổ” in old, Han derived, Vietnamese = two Tigers, Nan Tranh= hard fighting, Đắc Lợi = receiving the benefits, Tiều Phu = a person living off the forests).
(Nghiêu Cò Tranh Nhau, Ngư Ông Đắc Lợi =Dueling by a Clamp and a Stork benefits the Fisherman).
2. Historical examples.
a. During the Three Kingdoms period in China (from the foundation of the state of Wei in AD 220 to the conquest of the state of Wu by the Jin dynasty in AD 280.), there are three most powerful contenders to the supreme title [1, 2, 3]. They are Cao Wei (曹魏) State, Shu Han (蜀漢) State, and Dong (or Eastern) Wu (東吳) State.
Figure: Map of Three Kingdoms period of China, as of 262 A.D., Date1 1 August 2017, Author SY, file https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Three_Kingdoms.png. File is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
The two most powerful contenders are Northern Cao Wei State (Bắc Tào Ngụy với Tào Tháo in Vietnamese) and Eastern Dong Wu State (Đông Ngô với Tôn Quyền in Vietnamese), The weakest contender is Western Shu Han State (Tây Thục Hán với Lưu Bị, Khổng Minh, Quan Công, Trương Phi in Vietnamese). The two strongest contenders fought like Dueling Tigers while the third, weaker, Western Shu Han State only managed to prevent any of its more powerful neighbour states from being an outright winner. The weaker state played the role of the beneficiary Hunter.
b. During the Northern Jin (1115–1234) – Southern Song (1127–1279) time in China , the two states fought fiercely like Two Dueling Tigers, their border was the Huai river. Then came the Mongols, led by Genghis Khan (r. 1206–1227) in the North of Jin as the Hunter benefiting from the dueling.
(“Northern Jin (1115–1234) – Southern Song (1127–1279) time” in Vietnamese = Thời Bắc Kim (1115–1234) – Nam Tống (1127–1279); với chuyện Nhạc Phi-Tần Cổi).
Figure: Map of Song Dynasty 1141, By Ian Kiu, Based on a map in Albert Herrmann (1935). History and Commercial Atlas of China, Harvard University Press , file https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin%E2%80%93Song_Wars#/media/File:Sung_Dynasty_1141.png. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
In 1211 an enormous Mongol army conquered Jin and its neighbor Western Xia. The Mongols were allied with the Song (practicing Allying to Distant Powers to Subjugate Immediate Neighbours.). At the collapse of the Jin dynasty, the Song recaptured the former imperial capitals of Kaifeng, Luoyang, and Chang’an. Thereafter the alliance was broken. The Mongol leader Möngke Khan led a campaign against the Song in 1259 but died on August 11. There were minor border skirmishes until 1265, when Kublai won a significant battle in Sichuan. In 1275, a Song force of 130,000 troops was defeated by Kublai’s force. By 1276, most of the Song territory had been captured by Kublai’s forces.
So the Mongols had played the role of the Hunter against the Two Dueling Tigers Jin and Southern Song.
c. During the short war between two communist leaders [5,6,7,8], The Soviet Union (USSR) and China in 1968, the US had conserved its energy and let USSR and China played as two Dueling Tigers. US President Nixon did threaten USSR that US would not stand idling if USSR started to attack the Nuclear Capability of its opponent China. The threat by Nixon had denied the Soviet Union its only advantage over China, denying it the chance to walk over China and consequential claim to be the Sole Leader of the Communist Nations. The US has cleverly played the role of the beneficiary Hunter (although at the expense of its South Vietnam ally).
Both the Soviet Union and China got exhausted. The USSR was so exhausted that it could not crush the Taliban taking on its neighbor Afghanistan. China had to pretend to be the “NATO like Ally on the East for the US”. Nixon and Kissinger visited China and two weeks after that China militarily overran the Paracel Islands of South Vietnam, securing its current strategic advantage and establish its modus operandi for expansion on the seas.
d. The Iraq-Iran war.
Both Iran and Iraq wanted to be the leader in the Middle East . US sold advanced weapons to both Iran (F14 Tomcats fighters and an Aircraft Carrier in negotiation) and Iraq (with less advanced fighter aircrafts). The deadly war between these two oil-rich countries (both with Islamic populations) is just like the Dueling between Two Tigers. The beneficiary Hunter is obviously the US and the Western Allies.
Added after 2018, April 06:
USA IS LOOKING FOR A DUELING BETWEEN RUSSIA AND CHINA
(As Paul Roberts explains: “Kissinger… is aware of the pro-American elites inside Russia, and he is at work creating for them a “China threat” that they can use in their effort to lead Russia into the arms of the West. If this effort is successful, Russia’s sovereignty will be eroded exactly as has the sovereignty of every other country allied with the US.”)
. Paul Craig Roberts. “What is Henry Kissinger Up To?” Institute for Political Economy (December 28, 2016).
TRUMAN WANTED TO PLAY THIS GAME DURING WW2: Harry Truman is the man saying that “if we see that Germany is winning, we ought to help Russia, and if Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible.” but he could not influence FD Roosevelt.
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