With the recent publication of a textbook of The Art of War
by Sunzi, the world's oldest military treatise has become
required reading for officers in China's military schools.
According to the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences (CAMS),
the formal introduction of the ancient works by ace Chinese
military expert Sunzi is aimed at "improving strategy and command
proficiency of military officers" of the People's Liberation
The Art of War by Sunzi, written more than 2,500 years
ago, has been widely acclaimed by military commanders both in China
and overseas for its superb military artistry and philosophical
The new text book, compiled by the CAMS, provides an original
version of the works and a modern Chinese translation. It also
contains comments and research essays on each of the 13 chapters,
which detail various strategies, warfare planning, war operation
and other related tactics.
(Xinhua News Agency May 6, 2006)