Tribute and Trade: The Ming Dynasty
The William Willetts annual lecture 2016 by Prof. Wang Gungwu
7.30pm, Wednesday, 26 April 2006
Ngee Ann Auditorium
Asian Civilisations Museum, Empress Place
The founder of the Ming dynasty banned private external trade and channelled foreign trade through the tribute system. His successors sent Zheng He on expeditions to the Indian Ocean, but eventually the expeditions were stopped even though they enhanced overseas trade. Despite the official ban, the China trade continued to grow for over 200 years.
How to get to the Asian Civilisations Museum:
For easy access to the Ngee Ann Auditorium, enter ACM via the ramp
on the left side of main entrance, then take the lift to Basement.