The Road to the Throne: How Liu Bang Founded China's Han Dynasty

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CHAPTER 3: THE COMMON EFFORT TO OVERTHROW THE QIN DYNASTY

20. THE PROMISE MADE BY KING HUAI OF THE STATE OF CHU

Since Xiang Liang’s army had been defeated, Zhang Han thought that the remaining armies of the State of Chu were not a threat to him anymore. He directed his army across the Yellow River and marched north to attack the State of Zhao.

At that time, Xian, the envoy of the State of Qi, was in the State of Chu. He said to King Huai of the State of Chu, “On my way to Dingtao to see Xiang Liang as an envoy of the King of the State of Qi, I met Song Yi. He predicted that Xiang Liang would be defeated. Several days later Xiang Liang was indeed defeated. Song Yi has great military talent if he could see the signs of defeat before the battle took place.” When Song Yi came back from his mission to the State of Qi, King Huai of the State of Chu received him and talked about with him military affairs. Song Yi answered the King’s questions fluently and made many sound suggestions. King Huai of the State of Chu had a very good impression of Song Yi.

King Huai of the State of Chu decided to send an army to Guanzhong (the Qin areas within the passes of Hanguguan, Wuguan, Xiaoguan and Sanguan) to overthrow the rule of the Qin Dynasty. In order to select a general who had the ability to lead this army into Guanzhong, he held court to discuss this matter. When all the military officers and civil officials had

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