The emergency of Emperor Yongle and the arrival of Cheng Ho in the 15th century was timely to fill the political vacuum during the early decades of Ming dynasty.
Ming China had replaced Indian and Arab forces. In the midst of this political vacuum and unsafe sea passage, Cheng Ho’s voyages and the rise of Ming China as a maritime superpower was of great historical significance.
Cheng Ho’s grand expeditions (1405 to 1433) had completely change the political and religious landscapes in Insular Southeast Asia.
Cheng Ho’s fleets visited more than 30 Afro-Asian states which included Champa, Siam, Melaka, Java, Palembang, Samudra, Aru, Naguer, Lambri, Pahang, Kelantan, Trengganu, Lidai and Sulu.
Video by: Christine Leong, Citizen Journalist Malaysia