The Book of the Right Way – 61.

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The great state is like a vast underground reservoir
Into which everything in the world flows, as everything flows towards the feminine.
Because she is yielding, tranquil, and subordinate, the feminine principle’s strength overcomes that of the male.
Similarly, a great country that makes itself subject to a small country will nonetheless absorb the small country,
And the small country, by making itself subject to the great country, will also gain.
Therefore, each region takes from the other and yet gains.
Therefore, each country, by submitting to the other, can benefit.
The big country does not need people but needs resources,
The small country does not need resources but needs work (for its population).
Each group gets what they want and need. Thus it is mutually advantageous for the superior to submit to the inferior.

大國者下流,天下之交,天下之牝。牝常以靜勝牡,以靜為下。故大國以下小國,則取小國;小國以下大國,則取大國。故或下以取,或下而取。大國不過欲兼畜人,小國不過欲入事人。夫兩者各得其所欲,大者宜為下。

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