I am probably too far to salvage the diplomacy aspect in my current game, but wanted to get some ideas. Playing as Shoshone, Prince, Pangea(shuffled). I declared a mostly phony war with Rome early to steal an unguarded settler, that was all that happened. Later, Maya encroached on my lands and settled on my doorstep (not that it had much choice, Japan and myself had them hemmed in to a crummy starting location) and had built a few nice wonders (Stonehenge, Great Library and Parthenon). Japan took the first city and I took the capital, which finished the Maya off. That is the only city I have taken and since I dealt the Mayans a death blow, I had some considerable warmonger hate coming my way. Most everyone was guarded and while Rome was now friendly, he would not DOF. China was my closest neighbor and a very annoying one at that. After I caught them spying once, I demanded they cease. She refused and when I killed their spy next time around, I declared war. They have 3 cities. Shanghai is the closest to me, is next to Uluru, and is a city I must travel past to get to Beijing. Beijing has 3 wonders (Great Wall is one..cannot remember the other 2). How would you proceed? I am first in tech and my capital is double the size of everyone else's capital. I am in the Renaissance Era and am attacking with Xbows, Trebs, pikes, knights and swords.