38. When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.

來委謝者欲休息也

Sun Tzu

when an enemy sends envoys (representatives or diplomats) to speak with compliments or kind words, it is likely a sign that they want to negotiate a truce or cease-fire. In other words, the enemy may be looking for a way to end the conflict without continuing to fight.

When competitors send representatives with compliments, it may signal a desire for better relations and finding a way to coexist or cooperate in the market.

When competitors send representatives with compliments or other gestures of goodwill, it may indicate that they are interested in improving their relationship and finding a way to coexist or cooperate in the market. This could be a sign that they are open to negotiation and are willing to explore ways to work together in order to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. In some cases, these gestures may be a precursor to more formal discussions or agreements that can lead to a more harmonious relationship and a more stable market environment. While it is always important to be cautious and to carefully evaluate the motivations behind such gestures, they can often be a positive sign that both sides are willing to move towards a more cooperative and mutually beneficial arrangement.