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Bookeater recently asked when Sun Zi's Art of War was first adopted outside China. However, Sun Zi was not the only author who wrote a treatise on this topic. Machiavelli wrote Dell'arte della guerra / The Art of War around 1519-1520 and it was the only of his theoretical works that was printed during his lifetime.

My question is a bit like the reverse of Bookeater's question: When was Machiavelli's treatise The Art of War first translated into Chinese? A simple web search did not help; I find mostly links about translations of Sun Zi's treatise ... Doing a search for 翻译 (the Chinese word for "translation") on the Chinese Wikipedia article about Machiavelli gives no results. A search in Chinese brings up pages that I can't read with my basic level of Chinese.

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    I happen to know Chinese, and after finding no results on either WorldCat.org or the National Library of Taiwan website, I'm forced to conclude that it was never translated into Chinese; the Chinese title given on the Chinese Wikipedia page seems to be a rendering of convenience. – CJ Sheu Jul 10 '18 at 7:48
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    If make some screenshots of search results from relevant library catalogues (also from mainland China), I'll think you can write up a valid answer. – Christophe Strobbe Jul 25 '18 at 14:46
  • Thanks for your vote of confidence, but I hesitate to answer without a smoking gun. – CJ Sheu Jul 25 '18 at 15:46

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