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Wan-li: Year 45, Month 8, Day 1

31 Aug 1617

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The Investigating Censor Li Ling-yun, regional inspector of Fu-jian, memorialized: "On the 19th day of the fourth month of this year (23 May 1617), a military patrol boat from Tai-shan sent back Dong Bo-qi. However, the boat was halted at Huang-qi by the government troops. The Maritime Route Vice Commissioner Han Zhong-yong proceeded rapidly to Xiao-cheng and summoned the Japanese chieftain Ming-shi Dao-you and the interpreter Gao Zi-mei, and examined him through the interpreter....Thus, he queried them: "Why have you dared to attack Ji-long and Dan-shui, and why have you planned to attack Bei-gang?...You desire to occupy Bei-gang in the Eastern fan. The reports cannot all be wrong....Also, every year, 16 ships are issued warrants to trade with Luzon. They trade in Chinese goods (Alt: trade goods). How can the insignificant yi of Luzon purchase and use all these goods by themselves?...If you desire to occupy the Eastern fan, then not even an inch of plank from our country will be permitted across the ocean and not even an inch of silk will be able to pass to the fan. The military superiorities or otherwise have yet to be tested, but the trading benefits and disadvantages can be seen." Ming-shi Dao-you and the others looked to Heaven and folded their arms across the chest in submission, repeatedly claiming that they would not do this....

Shen-zong: juan 560.1a-2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 121, page 10557/59

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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-8-day-1, accessed May 26, 2017