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Zheng-tong: Year 6, Month 7, Day 12

29 Jul 1441

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A proclamation was issued to the country of Champa. It read: "In the past, my ancestors, respecting the will of Heaven, took on the rule of all under Heaven. Both within and without the seas, in their treatment of the 10,000 states in the four directions, they did not differentiate between the distant and the near, but looked on all equally. They wished all to be peaceful in their place and to be content in their lives, and thus my ancestors appointed rulers to rule and govern areas. I inherited the Great Treasure and have followed the precedents of old. Zhan-ba Di-lai, the deceased king of the country of Champa respectfully served the Court from the first reign right up until now and was diligent in carrying out his tribute duties. He grew more sincere over time and was constantly loyal. Suddenly, it has been advised that he has died. There should be a successor. His grandson Mo-he Bi-gai is sincere and respectful, and worthy like his grandfather. Above he is able to serve the superior and below he can protect the people. Now, I am especially sending the chief envoy, the Supervising Secretary Shu Tong and a deputy envoy, the Messenger Wu Hui, carrying Imperial orders enfeoffing Mo-he Bi-gai as the king of the country of Champa, so that he can rule the country. You, the major and minor chieftain, should respect my orders, put all your hearts into assisting the king and be trustworthy and moral so that all the people of the country can enjoy the prosperity of great peace. In this way, you will be manifesting my wish to extend my benevolence to all the people." Subsequently, it was ordered that the envoy Shu-ti-kun Bu-sha who had been sent by Champa, carry Imperial orders to Mo-he Bi-gai, requiring him to reverently carry out his duties as a minister, respectfully fulfil his tribute duties, do well in soothing the people of the country and maintain good relations with neighbouring states. Also, he was given ramie-silk and silk gauzes interwoven with threads of gold to confer upon the king and his consort.

Ying-zong: juan 81.5b-6a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 25, page 1618/19

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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/zheng-tong/year-6-month-7-day-12, accessed November 18, 2019