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Zhang Bin (Chinese: 張賓; died 323), courtesy name Mengsun (孟孫), formally Marquess Jing of Puyang (濮陽景侯), was a key strategist for Shi Le, the founder of the Chinese/Jie state Later Zhao.


Zhang Bin's father Zhang Yao (張瑤) was a commandery governing during the early Jin Dynasty . Zhang Bin was studious in his youth, and once, comparing himself to the great strategist Zhang Liang, said, "I believe my intelligence and judgment to be no less than Zhang Liang's, but I have not met Gaozu (Liu Bang, the founder of Han Dynasty)." He served on the staff of a Jin prince, but was not trusted, and so he resigned his post.

Later, after various agrarian rebellions started against Jin rule during the late reign of Emperor Hui of Jin, Zhang happened to meet Shi, and believed that Shi was the most capable general he met, and so he joined Shi's army. Initially, Shi did not consider him important, but after they became more acquainted, Shi began to value his advice more and more. In 311, when Shi, who was then a Han Zhao general who was winning many battles but failing to hold territory, considered capturing the region between the Yangtze River and the Han River, it was Zhang who advised him against the plan, apparently reasoning that Shi's army was suitable for mobility on the plains, not the river- and lake-filled region near the Yangtze. In 312, when Shi's army was facing a food shortage and worried about an attack from the Jin general Sima Rui...
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