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Wan-li: Year 12, Month 4, Day 11

20 May 1584

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Previously, Yue Feng had based himself at Long-chuan/Zhe-gai. On seeing the power and strength of our troops, he sent his nephew Yue Heng to the Teng-chong/Yong-chang military headquarters, advising his willingness to be pacified. The grand coordinator selected the Mobile Corps Commander Liu Ting and sent him to promulgate instructions advising of the Court's might and majesty. Yue Feng subsequently sent his wife, nee Diao, and his juvenile son Nan-xie to request permission to surrender. Ting led his troops to La-di and captured a bandit spy who said that the Ava-Burma person San-duo knew our army's movements. Ting proceeded forward at double pace. When Ting arrived at Long-chuan, Yue Feng had his wife, children, younger brother and nephew and the yi people of his tribe lined the left side of the road in welcome and surrender. However, San-duo had previously fled on his elephants and had only left four people at Zhe-gai and a few tens of followers at Long-chuan. Ting then sent a detachment to swiftly pursue San-duo, while he supervised the commanders and troops in surrounding the Long-chuan lair. Yue Feng responded from within and then all the bandits suddenly appeared. Ting jumped on his steed and captured the bandit leader. The government troops then rushed to be first forward and the remnant 36 (Alt: 26) bandits were all captured and bound. A large amount of Mian books, Mian bowls, Mian silver, Mian parasols, Mian clothing, `mang'-dragon robes, ivory, clothing (蟒牙衣), armour, swords, spears, saddled horses and so on were also captured. When Man-mo heard that Feng had come within, it sent swift advice to the Mang bandit and it was arranged that the various native offices would join forces to attack Long-chuan. Ting took advantage of the victory to proceed with the attack and the entire body of troops pressed forward along three routes. They arrived by surprise at Man-mo, which had not made defence preparations, and attacked it. The bandits were alarmed and fled in defeat. Our troops pursued them back to the bandit lair. The bandits then were in dire straits and they begged to be permitted to surrender. Ting set five conditions: 1. The capture and execution of the attendant ministers; 2. The pursuit and capture of Han Min and the obtaining of the Gan-yai seal; 3. The turning over of the false seal; 4. The return of the people who had been carried off. 5. The bringing of Yi-xi to allegiance. He gave them five days within which to comply. The bandits subsequently went to the military headquarters and presented the 18 Ava-Burma people, one elephant and five horses which had been captured, and the false guan-fang seal issued to them by the Mang chieftain. The Yun-nan Grand Coordinator Liu Shi-zeng and the Grand Defender Mu Chang-zuo then advised of victory. The Emperor ordered the grand defender and grand coordinator to make arrangements in accordance with the situation and to take all necessary remedial measures. The regional inspecting censor was also instructed to swiftly examine the achievements previously realized and to memorialize.

Shen-zong: juan 148.5a-6a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 102, page 2759/61

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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/wan-li/year-12-month-4-day-11, accessed November 18, 2018