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8. FOREIGN POLICY
Foreign policy is deployment of the same (fourfold means) towards (neighbouring) states.
Neighbouring states are the source of treaties and hostilities.
A ruler should follow political science,
A ruler with contiguous territory is a rival.
The ruler next to the adjoining one is to be deemed a friend.
Friendship and enmity result from some cause.
The one who is facing defeat should make peace.
Power is the cause of an alliance.
Unheated metal does not coalesce with metal,
The strong ruler should fight the weak.
One should not fight with a superior or equal.
Fight with a stronger one is like that of the infantry with the elephant force.
An unbaked vessel on colliding with another unbaked vessel gets destroyed. (Hence equals should also not fight.)
Enemies' efforts should be watched.
When there are many enemies, treaty should be entered into with one.
One*s security should be guarded from the enemy's anger.
The weak should seek refuge in the strong.
Refuge in the weak results in sorrow.