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Wan-li: Year 23, Month 12, Day 11

10 Jan 1596

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The Ava-Burma chieftain Mang Ying-li had deputed the two native offices of Meng-lian and Meng-gen (Alt: Meng-yin) to request permission for him to offer tribute and he had sent local products. The matter was discussed and subsequently it was ordered that Li Jing-gui and others who had originally been sent, take silver and silk and proceed there to confer them upon him. When they arrived at the border, excuses were made and they were not received. The Grand Coordinator Chen Yong-bin advised of this. Imperial orders were sent to the Yun-nan grand coordinator and regional inspector, requiring them to deliberate on the best actions. The Ministry of Rites re-submitted the memorial and requested: "The Ava-Burma chieftain has obstructed our envoys and refused our rewards. The crime must be punished with the utmost severity. However, the initial actions were based on reports made by Li Jing-gui as he travelled backwards and forwards as well as on the documents transmitted by the two offices of Meng-lian and Meng-gen (Alt: Meng-yin). There was nothing received from the Ava-Burma chieftain. Jing-gui was the initiator of this. He should be seriously investigated and sentenced as a warning to those who cause annoyance and troubles in their greed for merit." The Emperor commanded that the arrangements as proposed by the ministry be implemented.

Shen-zong: juan 292.4b-5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 109, page 5406/07

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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-23-month-12-day-11, accessed November 20, 2019