I wanted to practice translating some stuff so I found this article on Mao ZeDong and his referrences of Sun Quan. I thought it was a little interesting.
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While not very much compared to Liu Bei and Cao Cao, Mao ZeDong’s commentary on Sun Quan is shows that he thought he was a heroic man.
When writing about talents and heroes, he grouped Cao Cao, Sun Quan, and Zhuge Liang above all the rest.
Mao ZeDong was particularly fond of the Southern Song poet, Xin Qiji, especially Nan Xiang Zi:
From where can I see the heartland?
On Beigu Pavilion there is a scenic view.
The rise and fall of kingdoms--too numerous to count!
So far, so long,
As the endless River rolls on and on.
Though a youth he was, ten thousand men he led,
Ruling the Southeast, tirelessly fighting.
Of the heroes in the realm, who was of his match?
None but Cao and Liu.
Should one have a son, let him be like Sun Zhongmou*
On March 20, 1954, Mao ZeDong was flying from Nanjing to Shanghai. While in mid flight he looked down upon the city of Zhen Jiang. He knew of Xin Qiji’s work and explained the literary reference.
From 1953 to 1958, Mao ZeDong repeatedly would reference the example of Sun Quan entrusting Zhou Yu with great responsibility. He explained that to select the best cadre, one could not go by just seniority but rather the ability and level of achievement of the candidate and be bold enough to use the new person. This was a reference to Sun Quan using talented people to their fullest.
Mao ZeDong frequently mentioned Sun Quan’s ability at a certain age. In January of 1965, he said in a conversation, he was discussing ability of youths. When discussing the beginnings of heroes there are many 20-30 year old men. Zhuge Liang was only 27 years old. Sun Ce was not even 20 years old. Sun Quan was even younger. Sun Quan was born in the 5th year of guang wu, and he succeeded Sun Quan when he was only 18 years old.
Mao ZeDong would say that when Sun Quan he accomplished great things that were worthy of praise. The people said that Chi Bi was won because of Zhuge Liang’s “Borrowing the east wind.” Mao ZeDong thought that there was much exaggeration of facts in that period. Cao Cao claimed to have 830,000 infantry and cavalry, but really only had 230,000. Also he was defeated by Sun Quan’s subordinates, not Kongming’s “borrowing the east wind.”
In may of 1975, Mao ZeDong convened a politburo workshop in Beijing. After the meeting ended, he said, “I always say, ‘Only drink Changsha water.’ It is clear and not sandy like well water. ‘Wu Chang fish’ are not from present day Wu Chang, they are from ancient times Wu Chang. It was located between [present day] Wu Chang and Da Ye, at a place I forget. As I was saying, ‘Only drink Changsha water and eat Wu Chang fish.’ When Sun Quan moved [his capital] to Nanjing he transported the wood from Wu Chang to Nanjing. Sun Quan was a competent person. He is mentioned in Xin Qiji’s “Nanxiang” of which a few words, “Of the heroes in the realm, who was of his match? Cao and Liu. It is a pity that today there is no Sun Zhongmou.” He improvised and altered the last line.
In April 1970, at the in the Central Political Bureau conference for a third time it was proposed for Mao ZeDong to become chairman. He stated he did not want to be chairman and used an example from the Three Kingdoms: “Sun Quan urged Cao Cao to become Emperor, and Cao Cao said, ‘Sun Quan is trying to roast me on a furnace!’ I urge you to not to be Sun Quan and make me Cao Cao!
In September 1972, the Japanese Prime Minister, Kakuei Tanaka, visited China. Mao ZeDong reviewed 2,000 years of Chinese-Japanese relations with him. When he got to the Three Kingdoms period he said, Sun Quan wished to find you. He sent a navy of 30,000 men.
*Translated by Lady Wu