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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

"According to the National Palace Museum, Taipei: "The emergence of pirates such as Cai Qian, Zhu Fen, and Cheung Potsai had given a rise to piracy during the Jiaqing Era. The three pirates were highly active in the coastal areas of Zhejiang, Fujian, and Guangdong, with Cai being the most prominent among the trio. They not only harassed the coastal regions, but even attempted to take over Taiwan as their base."Source: National Palace Museum, Taipéi.

"Cai Qian and Zhu Fen, the two largest pirate groups at the time, constantly hid in the areas of Zhejiang, Fujian, Taiwan, and Guangdong, making their capture extremely exhausting for the Qing navy. However, despite joining forces in robbing river travellers from time to time, Cai Qian and Zhu Fen also faced periods of hostility. This presented the Qing Court an opportunity to pacify Zhu Fen in order to alienate his relationship with Cai Qian so that the Qing government could attempt to take down the two bands…"
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