I am certainly not an expert on Chinese religions and philosophies but I quite enjoyed reading the Tao of Pooh. (Winnie the Pooh that is.) Hardly a very deep book but a fun read. In it, it talked about an allegory that I found quite interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinegar_tasters So, in my opinion and likely from a Taoist's perspective, it was always a three way battle for the hearts and minds of China.