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Wan-li: Year 17, Month 1, Day 10

24 Feb 1589

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Si Hua, the native-official associate administrator of Meng-mi Pacification Commission in Yun-nan had seized Man-mo, assembled a force and acted tyrannically. The Grand Coordinator Xiao Yan and the grand defender wished to eliminate him when the opportunity presented itself and, as Man-mo was formerly Han Song's territory, wanted to assist in establishing Han Song as ruler. In this way, Man-mo would return to allegiance and the hearts of the yi would be restrained. The Ministry of Rites memorialized: "Teng-chong has the three pacification commissions as protecting guards while the three pacification commissions adjoin Man-mo. When the three pacification commissions are peaceful, the inner territory will be secure. When Man-mo is at peace, the external feudatories will be stable. Now Si Hua has taken advantage of Si Shun's flight to attack Man-mo. Man-mo's strength will not last and an army must be raised to punish Si Hua's crime. If the three pacification commissions are shaken, the situation will become increasingly difficult to control. It is especially necessary to rectify the distress resulting from persons oppressing neighbouring areas. If the troops are sent after an announcement is made, their despatch will be validated. If the actions decided upon are in accordance with the plans, the troubles can be permanently ended. As to the proposal to establish Han Song to control Man-mo, thereby enabling Si Shun to be controlled and Meng-mi to be restrained, the appropriateness is difficult to assess from a distance. A joint despatch should be sent to the grand coordinator and grand defender requiring them to strictly instruct Si Hua in the respective advantage and peril of according and rebelling. If he is able to change his ways and demonstrate loyalty, the troops should be rested. If he persists in his evil ways, he should be punished through an attack. All matters relating to the deployment of troops and rations as well as the assisted establishment of Han Song as ruler should be left to the Yun-nan officials to decide as the situations dictate." This was approved.

Shen-zong: juan 207.3a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 105, page 3867/68

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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-17-month-1-day-10, accessed October 23, 2019