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Wan-li: Year 19, Month 2, Day 19

14 Mar 1591

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The Ministry of War memorialized: "Meng-guang is completely isolated and is indeed the gate to the three pacification commissions. Now, according to a memorial from the Qian-guo Duke Mu Chang-zuo, grand defender of Yun-nan, and the Grand Coordinator Wu Ding, the rebellious yi Si Ge linked up with the Ava-Burma bandits and sent his forces to invade Yi-xi. The Meng-yang native official Si Yuan sent repeated reports of the urgent situation and, initially, the local commander (把總) Liu Chao was sent to provide assistance. However, the attacking force was huge and he could not defend against it. The Ava-Burma bandits then advanced and attacked Meng-guang and other areas. The forces of the various yi have been unable to withstand the attack and one after another they have sought assistance. Yong-chang and Teng-chong have both been shaken. The calamity is not minor. The grand defender and the grand coordinator should be instructed to handle matters as befits the situation, to transfer and base themselves at a place near the troubled areas, and there supervise the despatch and deployment of troops. The grand defender must not be permitted to use the excuse that he has been subject to impeachment to shirk the tasks and thereby harm the border plans." The Emperor ordered that both the grand defender and the grand coordinator put all their efforts into making plans and that they provide assistance and engage in elimination as the situations require.

Shen-zong: juan 232.7a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 106, page 4301/02

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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-19-month-2-day-19, accessed December 06, 2019