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Wan-li: Year 21, Month 6, Day 13

11 Jul 1593

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The Ministry of Rites memorialized: "The Ava-Burma chieftain Mang Ying-li, in collusion with Li Jing-gui, offered local products in tribute. There was no gold-leaf Mian script memorial. Rather, he just had the Meng-lian native office submit the tribute on his behalf. He also sought rewards and wanted an envoy to be sent to promulgate instructions, enfeoff him and assign him a title. The Censor Xue Ji-mao desired that he be allowed to offer tribute and that he be praised for wanting to make a new start. Zhang Zhen-guan, an office of scrutiny official, proposed: "We should send Jing-gui and so on to question him on why, after offering tribute, he is still employing troops, and to explain to him why the rewards have been temporarily suspended. We should be very careful and make long-term plans in terms of controlling the yi. A despatch should be sent to the grand coordinator and the regional inspector requiring them to deliberate on the best plans. Perhaps we could first issue the rewards to show our trust and later reprimand him for violating the agreement, so that we can examine his sentiments. If he truly has the desire to offer tribute, it should be clearly made known that he must restrain himself, and that in future he must not act aggressively or perniciously towards our subordinate yi. Likewise, it must be made clear that he must not, claiming that he is not offending against the Heavenly Court, seek alliances with other tribes. Further, he must not use the pretext of ignorance. After this, enfeoffment and permitting him to offer tribute might be carefully considered." This was approved.

Shen-zong: juan 261.4b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 107, page 4842

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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-21-month-6-day-13, accessed October 20, 2019