The duke Wan of T'ang asked Mencius, saying, 'T'ang is a small kingdom, and lies between Ch'î and Ch'û. Shall I serve Ch'î? Or shall I serve Chû?'Go here to read the introductory post to this serialized version of the Works of Mencius.
Mencius replied, 'This plan which you propose is beyond me. If you will have me counsel you, there is one thing I can suggest. Dig deeper your moats; build higher your walls; guard them as well as your people. In case of attack, be prepared to die in your defense, and have the people so that they will not leave you; this is a proper course.'
~ James Legge translation via nothingistic.org ~