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Jing-tai: Year 5, Month 8, Day 4

27 Aug 1454

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The attendant minister Ruan Qiao and others who had been sent by Li Jun, the king of the country of Annam, came to Court to offer tribute of local products. A banquet as well as biao-li of variegated silks and suits of ramie-silk clothing were conferred upon them. It was also ordered that they carry Imperial orders and biao-li of variegated silks to confer, on their return, on their king. The orders read: "You, king, guard the distant Southern feudatory, follow righteousness and accord with the rites. You have continually carried out the duties of a minister and become more sincere over time. I am greatly pleased by this. When your envoy returns, he will bring you special recompense to encourage you in your aspirations. You, king, should become increasingly sincere in according with Heaven and serving the superior, as thereby you will be the subject of praise for many generations to come." Four lengths of brocade and 10 bolts each of ramie-silk and variegated thin silks interwoven with gold thread were conferred upon him. It was also ordered that the places through which Qiao and so on were to pass on their return journey provide troops to escort them to the border.

Ying-zong: juan 244.1a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 34, page 5295/96

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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/jing-tai/year-5-month-8-day-4, accessed November 20, 2019