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Cheng-hua: Year 23, Month 1, Day 20

13 Feb 1487

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It was ordered that the Nan-jing Censor-in-Chief of the Right Tu Yong, proceed to Guang-dong to instruct Gu-lai, the king of the country of Champa. The Censor-in-Chief (Alt: Vice Censor-in-chief) of the Right Song Min, supreme commander of military affairs in Guang-dong/Guang-xi, and others, had memorialized; "Gu-lai is in Ya-zhou and has a firm desire to go to Court to lay plaint about the harm brought by the Jiao-zhi invasion and oppression, and also to advise that the subprefectures and counties which Jiao-zhi had returned to him are all waste and barren areas." The memorial was sent to the Ministry of War, which re-submitted it with its deliberations, noting: "Gu-lai's words differ from the memorials submitted previously by the country of Annam." A large number of ministers were ordered to assemble to deliberate on the matter. At this time, the Ying-guo Duke Zhang Mao and He Cong, the vice minister of the left (Alt: right) in the Ministry of War, advised their deliberations: "It is difficult to assess the situation in the two countries from afar. We should send a senior minister to proceed to reward Gu-lai and to instruct him, saying: `The Court commiserates with you that you have had to leave your country and come from afar, suffering the hardships of travel. However, do not come to Court as it is feared that if you are long abroad, the occupiers will gradually become more firm in their determination and those under the occupation will harbour doubts. It would be best if you were to return home quickly to calm the people of your country.' We should also send a despatch to Annam explaining the righteousness of ensuring the continued existence or reviving a ruling line. If they do not accord with the Emperor's will, an envoy should be sent to escort Gu-lai back to his country so that they can resolve the matter themselves." This was Imperially approved and thus Yong was ordered to proceed there.

Xian-zong: juan 286.4b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 50, page 4836

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/cheng-hua/year-23-month-1-day-20, accessed September 23, 2019