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Yong-le: Year 19, Month 4, Day 12

13 May 1421

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The Han-lin Academy Reader-in-waiting Li Shi-mian and the Expositor-in-waiting Zou Ji advised of matters beneficial to the people .... They also advised: "For successive years the tribute envoys from the man and the yi on the four sides have sought the Way through coming to Court. This has truly fatigued China. It should be clearly proclaimed to those abroad that, in coming to Court to offer tribute, the countries nearby should come once every three years and the distant countries should come once every five years. This will make things easier for both the officials and the people..."

Tai-zong: juan 236.1b-2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 14, page 2264/65

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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-19-month-4-day-12, accessed October 19, 2019