China's Top Ten Greatest Military Strategists

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This list is to express our opinion of who we think is China's Greatest Strategist Ever. While you are voting and posting new names keep in mind that we are not talking about:
1. ONLY Commanders like Guan Yu, Bai Qi, Yue Fei, Wang Jian, Sun Ce and etc.

2. Warriors like Lu Bu, Zhao Yun, Zhang Fei, Xian Ji, Wang Dayang, Ma Chao and etc.

3. Rulers and Emperors like Liu Bang, Liu Bei, Sima Zhao, Liu Yuan, Murong Jun, Touba Gui, Qin Shihuang and etc.

4. Or Religious characters like Confucius
We are talking about Military Strategist and Commanders combined if possible. If not then only military strategists.

The Top Ten

1 Zhuge Liang

You took his fictional counterpart and claimed he's great when historically he's far less successful with no major victory that he could claim. Its laughable that people get brainwashed into thinking he's some kind of military genius because they've been exposed to a fictional piece of work without bothering to check the source material. They call it Romance of the Three Kingdoms for a reason. Keyword: romance as in romanticized.

During the Battle of Red Cliffs, he was sent as a diplomat and then was collecting taxes for the war fund while the fire strategy is credited Zhou Yu and Huang Gai. Shu played a much more prominent role in the novel rather than in history. Cao Cao boasted 800,000 though by then China was already devastated to the point that grain itself was used as currency frequently and held more weight than gold at certain times which continued well into Cao Pi's reign painting a picture of just how much of the infrastructure was destroyed after decades of ...more

He exactly knew the opponents' mind and hence drew strategies that exactly fit, not more not less. He also can foresee the weather and invented many things.

He laid the foundation of shu and kept it going until he died.

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2 Sun Tzu

One of the greatest commanders in military history. He was the first to write a book on the conduct of war, not just a recording.

How in the world did he get second place just for writing a book I mean I know the art of war is great book but there are a lot of great books about war that are as good or even better and there is'nt any certain historical record about him commanding any battle to judge how successful he is on the field

3 Lu Shang (Taigong Wang)
4 Sima Yi
5 Zhang Liang

Zhang Liang was crucial to Liu Bang's victory over Xiang Yu and he was the major strategist for Liu Bang along with Chen Ping. Without Zhang Liang Liu Bang would have died at The Feast at Hongmeng Gate.

6 Han Xin

Han Xin was the best military strategist as he was the main person leading up to the Han Dynasty. He won every battle he did and was the best of the Three Heroes of Early Han Dynasty

Han Xin was the greatest general and strategist in the Early Western Han Dynasty and one of the greatest strategists in China's History. He won major battles such as the 'Ambush on Ten Sides' and the 'Chu Song from Four Sides' and took over major states such as Qi, Zhao and Yan. He suggested to Liu Bang to use the stratagem 'Appearing to repair the gallery roads while making secret advances through Chencang' to escape out of Hanzhong. He was made one of the 'Three Heroes of Early Han Dynasty' and was promoted to become the King Of Chu.

7 Guan Zhong (Guan Yiwu)
8 Sun Bin

Sun Bin was one of the great strategists in the history of China. He served King Wei of Qi to defeat King Hui of Wei twice and also his arch-enemy Pang Juan.

Sun Bin was originally born in Qi was crucial in the success of their successful campaigns against the State of Wei both times. He use a stratagem 'Besiege Wei to Rescue Zhao' to rescue Zhao from Wei and halfway at Guiling Pang Juan was severely defeated by an ambush there prepared by Sun Bin. The second time he feigned retreats and also reduced the number of cooking pots to make an impression that his troops were decreasing in size. Pang Juan was overjoyed and quickly went forth to attack Sun Bin. As a result, at Maling he was ambushed by Sun Bin again and the Wei forces suffered a heavy defeat and Pang Juan committed suicide.

9 Zhou Yu

Historically greater than zhuge laing

10 Guo Jia

The Contenders

11 Wu Qi
12 He Yan

Cao cao discovered his talent but he didn't show his true potential as Wei was weak in his time and destroyed by Jin

13 Liu Bowen
14 Pang Tong
15 Fa Zheng
16 Lin Biao
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