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Yong-le: Year 13, Month 11, Day 28

29 Dec 1415

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The Minister of War Chen Qia advised as follows: "When the Court originally subdued the Li bandits and Chen Ji-kuo, although Zhan-ba Di-lai, the king of the country of Champa, obeyed the Court's orders and despatched troops in assistance, actually he secretly had divided loyalties. Wishing to rely on both sides, he constantly looked from one to the other and failed to attack in due time. When he did advance, he attacked Hua Subprefecture, and engaged in great violence and plunder. He also provided his "Gold and Silk" (金帛) war elephants to assist Ji-kuo and presented him with Li Cang's daughter. He further received Ji-kuo's uncle Chen Weng-ting, Deng Rong's younger brother Deng Duan and other men and women, totalling over 30,000 persons. In addition, he attacked four subprefectures and eleven counties under Sheng-hua Prefecture, drove the people away and engaged in plunder. His crimes are but one grade less serious than those of Ji-kuo himself. Those who commit crimes mu st be punished. It is requested that troops be despatched to punish him." As Jiao-zhi was at peace and the people had returned to their occupations, the Emperor could not bear to send troops against the distant yi. However, an envoy was sent to take the following Imperial orders of instruction to Zhan-ba Di-lai: "You long suffered under the poisonous influence and cruelty of Annam and repeatedly requested that troops be despatched to eliminate the evil. I thus ordered my armies to subdue them and to establish administrative divisions. You should take advantage of this peace, think about how fortunate you have been, look to your own affairs and protect the territory of your fief. If you secretly harbour dual loyalties, rebel against the Way of Heaven, do not soothe your people and do not return the territory you have invaded, the occurrences in Annam can serve as a warning as to what will happen to you!"

Tai-zong: juan 170.3b-4a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 1900/01

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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/yong-le/year-13-month-11-day-28, accessed November 18, 2018