Bao Zheng's Counter Pocicy towards Liao and Xia States
YANG Guo-yi (Dept.of His.,ANU,Wuhu 241000,China)
Opinions from officials differed greatly as to how to deal with Liao state and Xia State in North Song Dynasty. Bao Zheng held that correct understanding should be made in foreign policy: to abide by the Agreement of Allies with them, to be equal and mutually beneficial,to keep balance of power, and to be vigilant. On defence measures: best soldiers and proper generals should be stationed there, to control the important places on the border, to exercise the militia, to supply necessary horses, to store more grain, to collect more information and so on.