Graduate Student, Harvard University
Jun 23, 2013
The Chinese term shashoujian, “assassin’s mace”, has become increasingly common in the context of US-Sino policy over the past two decades. An idiom commonly used in China, often with little or no military connection, the term has been over-interpreted by US officials as a profound insight into Chinese military strategy. This has come despite efforts from scholars who understand and publish on its actual context.