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Yong-le: Year 5, Month 10, Day 21

20 Nov 1407

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The envoy Nai Po-lang-zhi-shi-ti and others, who had been sent by Zhao Lu-qun Ying-duo-luo-di-la, the king of the country of Siam, presented a memorial and offered tribute of trained elephants, parrots, peacocks and other products. Paper money, silks and clothing were conferred upon them. The Ministry of Rites was ordered to confer upon the king biao-li of patterned fine silks and silk gauzes interwoven with gold thread. Previously, the envoy from Champa, who had come to Court, was at sea returning home when strong winds blew his ship to the country of Pahang. Siam intimidated Pahang with a show of force and took away the Champa envoy. They detained him and did not send him back. News of this then reached the Court. The kings of the countries of Samudera and Melaka also sent people to complain that Siam had been overbearing and that it had sent troops to take away their seals and title patents which they had received from the Court. They also noted that the people of their countries were scared and unable to live in peace. At this time, orders were conferred upon Zhao Lu-qun Ying-duo-luo-di-la, as follows: "Champa, Samudera, Melaka and you have all received the Court's orders. You stand as equals. Why have you, relying on force, detained their envoy to the Court and taken away their seals? The illustrious way of Heaven is to bring prosperity to the good and calamity to the evil. The Li bandits of Annam, both father and son, previously met disaster. You can take warning from that. Immediately return the Champa envoy and the seals and title patents conferred upon Melaka and Samudera. From now on you should look to your own affairs, maintain propriety, live in peace with your neighbours and protect your territory. In this way, you will long enjoy great peace."

Tai-zong: juan 72.4b-5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 1008/09

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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-5-month-10-day-21, accessed February 27, 2017