Indeed, the thread was locked but I would have posted that in my effort to disprove that post I came upon a mountain of information supporting it. Even further when I asked some people here, although not privy to this knowledge they did confirm rather than deny that this was not only possible but probable. Shocking at first but as they unravelled the "logic" behind the train of thought that gives this Chinese idea its impetus it made absolute sense and more than a few lightbulbs clicked on.
"The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental." - John Steinbeck