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Wan-li: Year 16, Month 4, Day 5

29 Apr 1588

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The Ministry of War memorialized: "Yun-nan is far on the Southern borders and the various yi constitute a mixed population. Since the Mang chieftain engaged in wild revolt, the number of troops and the amount of grain rations have both been increased, and encampments and walled cities have been established at strategic posts, providing arteries to the three pacification commissions and allowing close contact with the six zhao (六詔). No efforts have been spared in this. Thus, the chieftains of Man-mo and other areas who had previously been pillaged by Ava-Burma, have now joined forces to attack Ava-Burma and realize achievements. The military and civil officials should have rewarded them as encouragement at that time so that they exerted themselves in moving towards culture. However, the former Surveillance Commissioner Li Cai and the Deputy Commissioner Chen Yan-zhi engaged in pillage during the military actions and reported falsehoods as facts, as evidenced by the seven matters detailed in the impeachment submitted by Su Can. How can they explain themselves? It is requested that they be investigated and dismissed in accordance with law." The Emperor was angered by the deceit and ordered that Cai and so on be arrested and punished, that the Grand Defender Mu Chang-zuo have his grain salary suspended for a year, that the Grand Defender Liu Shi-zeng be dismissed, and that others be punished as proposed.

Shen-zong: juan 197.2b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 105, page 3708

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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-16-month-4-day-5, accessed October 23, 2019