Actually, the history of the chinese, their culture, up until they became communist, is a display of brilliance - even their historical war strategies, while I don't enjoy the topic, were absolutely brilliant...
In the 19th century the Chinese so underfunded their military that artillery units had no gunpowder for practice and as a group discipline 2 competing units would roll their cannon to face each other and alternately both sides would yell "BANG
" in unison. The company that yelled loudest was declared the winner.
The Empress was once told they needed steam boats for the navy. She had a steam boat built of marble in a pond at a palace in the capital. The Chinese go there for picnics now.
In the 1870s a Chinese worker in California had a savings bank for Chinese whose only security was that whites didn't know about it. When that was learned he was attacked in a home invasion, tied up and robbed. He cut off his Manchu pigtail which meant he could never go back to China and wrote to the imperial government that they should send an invincible fleet to attack and hold until the money was returned. In 1875 the fleet sailed into Monterrey and fired their cannon with blank charges as a threat. In a hilarious case of east/west misunderstanding the town thought it was a salute and quickly honored the fleet with a parade and the admiral was given the key to the city. His impression was that this was some weird but wonderful western way of surrendering by throwing a party. Then thinking that he had conquered the city he sent a messenger to go to the capital of the United States (somewhere up the coast, of course, as China is a very coastal country) and offer to return the city for the ransom of the missing bank money. After a while the messenger did not return and it slowly dawned on the admiral not only what had happened but the mind-blowing fact that the US is a country comparable to China. He never returned to face the consequences of failure and just became another Californian. The fleet of junks rotted away at the docks.
As for the Communist military here's an incident from WWII. Isolated Japanese units would find someone had sneaked up and left them a sort of Care package. It was gifts from the Communists. A soldier at one unit got a call and some Japanese voice on the line asked how they had liked the comfort packages. At the question of who is this
the voice said he was a defector to Mao Tse Tung. Stunned silence. Oh, yeah, said the voice, we have your phone lines tapped and trust me, you won't find where. Then he asked the outpost to surrender. They were asked several more times by men yelling over the days to surrender by a deadline. The People's Liberation Army had been tunneling under the outpost. Then they blew it up.