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Wan-li: Year 45, Month 5, Day 18

20 Jun 1617

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The Ministry of War re-submitted six proposals jointly submitted by the Guang-dong Regional Inspector Tian Sheng-jin and the Supreme Commander Zhou Jia-mo: "...6. Deliberating on Diverse Opinions in Order to Fix Policy. The `bay yi' have travelled tens of thousands of li from their original domicile and have been settled in [Hao]-Jing Ao for 60 years. We could drive them off with great ease if necessary. Eliminating them, however, may well offend against Heaven and Earth's harmony. Further, the land they occupy is very small and they have no dangerous stronghold to rely on so as to present a danger. The only area they can pass to is Xiang-shan and there is a gate at which they can be blocked. They are like a solitary fledgling or a dead mouse and it appears that they will remain at peace without troubles. [Ministry's response] However, those of a wild disposition are, in the end, unpredictable. The supreme commander and the regional inspector of the province should pay attention to issuing prohibitions or making arrests when anything may give rise to calamity..."

Shen-zong: juan 557.7a-8a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 121, page 10509/11

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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-45-month-5-day-18, accessed October 17, 2019