Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ClicheWatch: Go as Metaphor

“China is playing the classic game of weiqi, wherein it slowly expands influence through steps that are not a threshold to violence and do not trigger a forcible response,” Paal said, referring to the strategic board game known as Go in English.
By Bloomberg News  Dec 10, 2013 3:42 PM GMT+0900

It’s easy to tell that Paal has never played weiqi/Go. Go, in fact, is like war in all its permutations. An entire game can be played with little overt conflict, capped by a long and arduous stretch in which the two players meticulously settle borders to the last point.  Then again, an early skirmish can blow up into a relentless battle encompassing the entire board that only ends with one player falling in utter defeat. And everything in between.

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