I was recently playing a game in v139.2 where I was playing as Gandhi in a peaceful expansion. Japan was around 12 tiles away from me and China a bit farther in the same direction. I picked up the pyramids and missed the GL and then Oda popped a city down 3 tiles from my capital and then blamed me for settling too close to him. A few turns later he DoWed me. I was able to take his nearby city and get an even peace from him. Within about ten turns China came in and took Japan's capital, eliminating them from the game. Another ten turns later and England (off in a different direction) DoWs me. I take another city and get slightly favorable peace. All this while I'm trying to mostly continue a peaceful science/culture build while being able to defend myself. Then a few turns after that peace, China DoWs me with like 5 horsemen and 3+ cats in addition to a couple melee troops. The ex-Japanese city I took falls easily to the super-promoted army. So my question is this: Should I completely give up on a peaceful game and switch fully to war mode and try to obliterate China on the assumption that whatever happens they'll be mad at me the rest of the game, constantly declaring war? Or should I try to hold and defend, keeping the course with wonders and infrastructure buildings? I'd say we're both about equal tech level at this point (horsemen, cats, and swords).