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and ii) the communists.  At play was not a single-thread Russian or Comintern conspiracy against the Republic of China but an additional channel 
that was delicately knit by the sophisticated Chinese communist saboteurs to employ the above-mentioned Americans for their cause The Wuhan Gang & The Chungking Gang, i.e., the offsprings of the American missionaries, diplomats, military officers, 'revolutionaries' & Red Saboteurs and "Old China Hands" of 1920s and the herald-runners of the Dixie Mission of 1940s.
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Jin (Jinn) Dynasty could be compared with the Roman Empire. In the Dark Age in Europe, the Roman Empire experienced incessant waves of invasion by the barbarians like the Alamanni, the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks, the Gepids, the Goths, the Lombards and the Vandals as well as the Huns and the Avars. It would be the so-called Huns who would be responsible for pushing the Germanic Ostrogoths and Visigoths westward in the late 4th century. The Huns drove the Visigoths across the Danube into the Roman Empire and caused the chain reaction that led to the defeat of the Roman army under Emperor Valens at Adrianople in 378 AD. In China, the Hunnic-Xianbei rebellion against the Jinn Chinese led to the turmoil in northern China called the 'Sixteen Nations' or the 'Five Hu [Nomadic Groups] Ravaging China'. Jinn China would be divided into two periods, Western Jinn Dynasty (AD 265-317) and Eastern Jinn (AD 317-420), with the latter ruling southern China, including the territory to the south of the Huai-shui River. (Here, I deliberately spelled Jin(4) into Jinn for sake of distinction from Jurchen Jin(1). Jin(4) is spelled Tsin in Wade-Giles.)
The Hunnic-Xianbei rebellions were the result of internal turmoil among the Jinn Chinese princes. The late Jinn China period was known as the 'Turmoil of Eight Sima Kings' (Ba Wang Zhi Luan), with the surname of Sima carrying the last character 'ma' (meaning 'horse'). The dynasty was launched by the Sima family who usurped Cao Wei Dynasty. From A.D. 291 onwards, under the instigation of empresses, the Jinn Court underwent numerous coups. The Sima princes started their wars as a result of the manipulation by Empress Jia-hou who was married to a retarded son of Jinn Emperor Wudi. When Sima princes almost finished off each other, Wang Jun, a border general at today's Beijing, colluded with the Xianbei in the attempt of fighting the Jinn Court. Liu Yuan, a Hun hostage at the Jinn Court, was released for organizing the anti-Xianbei forces among the Southern Huns. Soon after that, Liu Yuan proclaimed the founding of Hunnic Han Dynasty (AD 304-329) in Zuoguocheng (leftside tribal statelet's city, i.e., Lishi of Shanxi), took control of Bingzhou (Shanxi) and went on to route the two Jinn capitals of Luoyang and Xi'an, respectively. In A.D. 311, the Huns captured Luoyang, the capital of the Western Jinn Dynasty, and caught Emperor Huaidi who enthroned in 306 and pronounced the era of Yongjia. This came to ne known in the Chinese history as the "Cataclysm of Yongjia". In A.D. 316, the Huns captured the new Jinn emperor, Mindi, in Chang'an (present Xi'an).
The Western Jinn Dynasty lasted fifty-one years with four emperors on the throne. After the demise of Jinn, China endured disunity for 272 years thereafter. A Jinn prince, Sima Rui, had earlier crossed the Yangtze River, where he proclaimed the new Jinn Chinese Court in Nanking in A.D. 317, i.e., Eastern Jinn Dynasty.
In northern China, the time period called the 16 Nations (AD 304-420) started already. The Chinese chronology set the year of A.D. 304 as the start of this period. However, Cheng Han (AD 301-347) of Di(1) nomadic nature already took over today's Sichuan Province in A.D. 301. The 16 Nations (AD 304-420) were comprised of various nomadic groups of people, i.e., the Huns, Jiehu, Xianbei (including Wuhuan & Toba), Qiang, & Di. A Jiehu under Hunnic Han (alternativel named Zhao) Dynasty set up Posterior Zhao Dynasty. Ran Min, the adopted son of Shi Le, killed all Jiehu and set up a Wei Dynasty, alternatively called Ran Wei. Some Chinese general on the Silk Road set up Anterior Liang (AD 317-376). A Xianbei by the name of Murong Jun defeated Ran Min's Ran Wei Dynasty, caught Ran Min, and set up Anterior Yan (AD 337-370). Murong Jun's brother, Murong Chui, defeated the northern expedition led by Eastern Jinn China's Huan Wen; however, Murong Chui was not trusted by the nephew emperor. Hence, Murong Chui fled to Fu Jian's Di (1) people for asylum. Fu Jian, whose ancestor served under the Jiehu, defeated Anterior Yan and set up Anterior Qin (AD 351-394). After the fall of Di's Anterior Qin, the Xianbei re-established Posterior Yan (AD 384-409) and the Qiangs set up Posterior Qin (AD 384-417). Among Western Xianbei, Qifu would set up Western Qin (AD 385-431), and Tufa would set up Southern Liang (AD 397-414). Numerous statlets, like Posterior Liang, Northern Liang, Southern Yan, Western Liang, Hunnic Xia and Northern Yan would follow. Ultimately, the Tobas, who were of the Xianbei heritage, took over northern China and assumed power in northern China after defeating the Xianbei, and the Huns. Toba would set up their Toba Wei or Northern Wei Dynasty, lasting through A.D. 386-534, till it split into Eastern Wei (AD 534-550) and Western Wei (AD 535-557).
Western Jinn Dynasty
Jinn Dynasty was founded by the Sima family. Sima Yi was originally a clerk under Han Prime Minister Cao Cao. Cao Cao used to cite the saints in ancient times to show his loyalty for the Han emperors, but his son (Cao Pi) usurped Han Dynasty and established Wei Dynasty (AD 220-265), leading to the Three Kingdoms time period. Sima Yi would be responsible for fighting the wars with Shu-Han Dynasty and Wu Dynasty on behalf of Wei Dynasty for dozens of years. Other than fighting the wars to the south, Sima Yi was responsible for exterminating the Gongsun Family who ruled southern Manchuria and northern and central Koreas for almost half a century and in A.D. 238 deported 40,000 households of Sinitic Chinese or over 300,000 people back to North China from Manchuria, yielding the area to the Tungunsic.
Sima Yi, who was empowered the same right as Cao Shuang for mentoring Wei Emperor Cao Fang, staged a coup and killed Cao Shuang, with Cao Shuang's whole family exterminated, including women who were married to non-Cao families. During the Gaopingling coup, Sima Yi exterminated the three lineages of both "da jiangjun" Cao Shuang and "da sinong" Heng Fan. Sima Yi's elder son, Sima Shi, deposed Wei Emperor Cao Fang (reign A.D. 240-254). Sima Yi's junior son, Sima Zhao, further authorized his people (Jia Chong) in having guard Cheng Ji kill Wei Emperor Cao Mao (reign A.D. 254-260). Sima Zhao then selected fifteen-year-old Cao Huan as the new Wei Emperor. After that, Sima Zhao dispatched General Zhong Hui and Deng Ai on a campaign against Shu Han Dynasty and destroyed Shu Han in A.D. 263. The last Shu-Han emperor, who surrendered to the Wei army, was made into Duke of Anle (happiness). Hence, Sima Zhao, for the war efforts, was conferred the title of Duke of Jinn and the post as 'xiangguo', i.e., chief counsellor or prime minister. Shortly after that, Sima Zhao died. Sima Zhao's son, Sima Yan, succeeded the power, and further pressured Cao Huan into abdication. Sima Yan declared the founding of Jinn Dynasty in A.D. 265, with Luoyang as the capital city. Sima Yan would be titled Jinn Emepror Wudi posthumously. (Eighty-year-old Sima Fu, the brother of Sima Yi, retired as a loyal minister of Wei Dynasty. Later, Western Jinn Emperor Mindi, when told of the story of Duke Gaoguixiang-gong [Cao Mao, i.e., the 4th Wei Emperor], threw his face onto the bed and exclaimed as to how could Jinn Dynasty sustain with such an atrocious history.)
Sima Yan, thinking that Wei was usurped by him as a result of lack of royal family kings and dukes, would confer eight kingships onto his kinsmen while all ex-kings of Wei Dynasty were downgraded into marquis. Sima Yan also conferred the title of Duke of Lugong onto Jia Chong for his contribution to the usurpation. In A.D. 267, under the influence of Empress Yang-hou and Jia Chong, Sima Yan (Emperor Jin Wudi) made his retarded son into the Crown Prince.
In A.D. 271, Tufa Xianbei first rebelled against Jinn China. In A.D. 272, Jia Chong's daughter was married over to the retarded Jinn Crown Prince, i.e., Sima Zhong (Jinn Emperor Huizong, reign A.D. 290-306). In A.D. 280, the Jinn army, under the supervision of Jia Chong and Yang Ji, launched a multi-route land-navy assault on the Wu Dynasty, with two Jinn generals (Wang Junn and Tang Bin) leading a column of ships down the Yangtze River. After overthrowing the Wu Dynasty, China was finally reunited again.
About the year 279 A.D., or the Western Jinn Dynasty emperor Wudi's 5th year of the Xianning Era, an important event occurred that shaped the studies of the ancient Chinese history. A tomb digger, by the name of Fou Biao, accidentally intruded into a Warring States time period tomb, thought to be the tomb of Wei Principality King Xiangwang (?-296 B.C.E.), and used the bamboo slips as lightening to find the buried treasures. The Western Jinn Dynasty officials, under the leadership of 'zhong shu jian' Xun Xu and 'zhong shu ling' He2 Jiao, collected the remnants of the strips totalling over ten thousand tadpole characters, which were shipped by ten carts, and made into over one dozen books, with the most significant book being the Bamboo Annals (ZHU SHU JI NIAN), ZHOU SHU (i.e., the [upper] Zhou Dynasty Records, a book that Confucius [551-479 B.C.E.] had purportedly abridged from SHANG SHU [remotely ancient history] as the "wasted films"), "Zhou King Muwang's Trevelogue [Legends]", and SHI CHUN [which was an apparent word-for-word extraction of the necromancy paragraphs of CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN by the person called Shi Chun], etc. Jinn Dynasty scholars, after reorganization, stated that THE BAMBOO ANNALS covered the period from the Xia dynasty to Zhou King Youwang. The popularity of CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN during the Warring States time period could be seen in the excerpts of SHI CHUN.
The 'Turmoil of Eight Sima Kings'
In A.D. 299, Empress Jiahou, after making the crown prince drunken, forged a letter in the crown prince's name to state the intention to usurp the throne, which led to the banishment of the crown prince to Jinyongcheng in Xuchang. (The crown prince's wife, Hui-feng, who was minister Wang Yan's daughter, later died in resisting Hunnic rebel Liu Yao's order to have her remarry with a Hun general.) Sima Yong, a royal family member, asked Sun Xiu, a counsellor of Sima Lun (King of Zhao), to help the crown prince. Knowing that Empress Jiahou wanted to murder the crown prince, Sima Lun, took the advice of Sun Xiu in sitting out the conflict and planned to usurp the throne by incriminating Empress Jiahou once the empress was to murder the crown prince. In A.D. 300, Empress Jiahou, hearing of a rumor that was spread by Sun Xiu, sent an eunuch to poison the deposed crown prince, i.e., Sima Yu, Empress Jiahou's stepson and Emperor Huidi's elderson (grandson of Emperor Wudi [Sima Yan]). Sima Lun, i.e., Sima Yi's 9th son, then conducted a coup to banish Empress Jiahou and got rid of the empress gang's hold on the power. Sima Lun defeated Sima Yun (King of Huai-nan) to consolidate the monopoly of power over the court. Further, Sima Lun forced Emperor Huidi to abidcate by promoting the emperor as "tai shang huang" (paramount emperor], and changed the era to Jiangshi.
In A.D. 301, Sima Jiong, who assisted Sima Lun in killing Empress Jiahou one year earlier, contacted Sima Yong et al to oppose Sima Lun's enthronement. Sima Ying, who had his fief at Yecheng (Linzhang of Hebei), colluded with Sima Yong (King of He-jian) and Sima Jiong (King of Qi) to attack Sima Lun (King of Zhao). Sima Lun, who was first put under house arrest at Jinyongcheng, was later killed together with four sons. In August of A.D. 302, Sima Jiong erected eight-year-old Sima Tan (King of Qinghe) as the crown prince while he himself acted as the tutor for the crown prince. In December of A.D. 302, Sima Yih ('piaoqi jiangjun' and King of Changsha) and Sima Yong attacked Sima Jiong from inside and outside of the Jinn capital, defeating Sima Jiong. Sima Yih's army laid siege of Luoyang, and killed Sima Jiong after a three-day battle. Sima Jiong's three lineages were exterminated. In 303, Sima Yong and Sima Ying, being resentful over Sima Yih (King of Changsha)'s monopoly of power, joined forces to attack the capital city of Luoyang. Zhang Fang, commanding 70,000 troops, attacked from the west, while Sima Ying's army, about 200,000, attacked from the north. The battles lasted several months. In October, the siege against Luoyang began. In early 304, Sima Yue conducted a coup in Luoyang, killed Sima Yih, and surrendered to and welcomed Sima Ying into Luoyang. Sima Ying was conferred the post as prime minister, and self-proclaimed himself the crown brother. In July 304, "shangshu ling" Sima Yue, who controlled the puppet emperor (Jinn Huidi), launched a northern campaign to attack Sima Ying. After a defeat at Dangyin (Tangyin), Sima Yue (King of Dong-hai) fled east to his own fief, Donghai-guo at Xuzhou. Sima Ying retrieved and welcomed puppet Jinn Emperor Huidi into Yecheng, where he changed the era to Jianwu. Future founder of Eastern Jinn Dynasty, Sima Rui, who was a lieutenant for Sima Yue, was caught by Sima Ying. Sima Rui later fled Yecheng.
In August, Sima Teng (Sima Yue's brother) and Wang Jun, a Jinn Dynasty border general ("ci shi") and an enemy of Sima Ying, on the pretext that Sima Ying had insulted the emperor [with abduction], invited the Xianbei (chieftan Duan Wuhuchen) and Wuhuan (chieftan Jiezhu), i.e., the proto-Tunguz people, as well as Sima Teng (Duke Dongying-gong) in attacking Sima Ying. Wang Jun's Xianbei-allied army reached Ye, with Jie-zhu defeating Sima Ying's army. After a defeat, Sima Ying and Emperor Huidi fled towards Luoyang. The Xianbei under Wang Jun sacked Yecheng, conducted a masscre of the city, looted several tens of thousands of Chinese women for the north, and dumped the remaining 8 thousand women into the Yi-shui River when Wang Jun ordered the barbarians to surrender all women hidden among the troops. Sima Ying and the emperor fled by a dozen cavalry. En route, they met Zhang Fang who commanded 20,000 troops to the rescue at the order of Sima Yong. Zhang Fang, controlling the emperor, hence forced the entourage to move to Chang'an.
Taking advantage of the new rounds of war, Sima Yong, with a large force headed by Zhang Fang, took over Luoyang, forcing both Emperor Huidi, Sima Chi (King of Yuzhang) and Sima Ying into relocation to Chang'an, and restored the era of Yong'an. In December, Sima Yong petitioned the emperor to banish Sima Ying so as to weaken the power of the Sima prince in East China. In December 304, Sima Yong revoked the crown brother title from Sima Ying, and transferred it onto Sima Chi. Further, Sima Yong changed the era to Yongxing, and ordered Sima Ying to return to Yecheng. Sima Muo, Duke Pingchang-gong, a brother of Sima Yue, was sent to Ye to take the fief from Sima Ying. On the pretext of retrieving Sima Ying, Gongshi Fan, a Sima Ying subordinate, came over with an army, pillaged the way back to Yecheng in July of A.D. 305, where they were defeated by Gou Xi, a general sent over by Sima Xiao. Serving under Gongshi Fan would be a Jie-hu barbarian band. Gongshi Fan was later killed by Gou Xi. In July of 305, Sima Yue and Sima Xiao rallied a force to attack Sima Yong so as to fetch the emperor for returning east. Sima Yue retained Sima Rui at Xiapi for supervising Xuzhou and Dongping. In August, Sima Yue appointed Sima Ying as "da jiangjun" and the post in charge of "he-bei" (north-of-the-Yellow-River) with garrison at Yecheng.
In September of A.D. 305, Sima Yong re-appointed Sima Ying. Sima Ying [who previously hired the Huns and in 304 released Liu Yuan to the Hunnic domain], with the posts [appointed by Sima Yong] in charge of the "he-bei" (north-of-the-Yellow-River) territory, returned towards Luoyang and Ye to the east. While stationing in Luoyang in December, Sima Ying, fearing Sima Yue's strong northern army, fled towards "guan-zhong" (i.e., the area around Chang'an). Sima Yue launched a new war, defeated Sima Yong, and sacked Chang'an. Sima Yong and Sima Ying fled to "Nanshan" (i.e., the Qinling Ridge) and moved to the Han-shui area. In May of A.D. 306, Sima Yue's herald army, commanded by Qi Hong, defeated Sima Yong's army. Sima Yong and Sima Ying fled to the Nanshan (Qinling Ridge) area. Sima Yue, with Xianbei mercenaries among his armies, pillaged Chang'an. The Xianbei mercenaries, who served in Qi Hong's army on behalf of Sima Yue, killed over 20,000 people. [Was this the incident that the later Tang and Song poets, Zhang Ji and Su Shi, had talked about by hinting the Xianbei to be "huangtou (yellow head)" Xianbei? Does not appear to be so since Zhang Ji's poem claimed that the Xianbei had actually sat down at the "ming tang (bright government's administrative house)" to be judge-kind of figures in a pretentious way --which was erroneously linked to the Hunnic sacking of Luoyang in A.D. 311, instead. That is, the Tang poet had either mistaken the Huns to be the Xianbei or treated the Huns to be the same as the Xianbei -- whereas the Xianbei, as we discussed in the Koreans' section, had indeed taken over the Hunnic land at the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries after the defeat of the Huns, and further incorporated the remnant Huns among their ranks.]
In June of A.D. 306, Sima Yue escorted Jinn Emperor Huidi back to Luoyang. In August, Sima Yue was appointed the post as "tai fu", namely, one of the top three gentlemen of the court. Subsequently, Sima Yong and Sima Ying were killed consecutively. En route of escape towards the east for conversion with Gongshi Fan's army, Sima Ying was caught by Feng Song, "tai shou" for Dunqiu, and transferred to Yecheng for house arrest. In October, Sima Xiao died. In November, Sima Yue killed emperor Jinn Huidi with poisonous pancake, and erected Sima Chi as Jinn Emperor Huaidi. In December, an official ("zhang shi") at Yecheng, being afraid that Sima Ying could rise up again, ordered to have Sima Ying killed secretly after Sima Xiao (King of Fanyang) passed away at Yecheng in October. In the Han-shui River area, Sima Muo (King of Nanyang and a brother of Sima Yue) killed Sima Yong (King of of He-jian) at Yonggu in December.
After the death of Gongshi Fan in A.D. 306 in the hands of Gou Xi [who served Sima Xiao, King of Fanyang, after Sima Ying defeated Sima Yue and Emperor Huidi's expedition], Ji Sang and Shi Le, two Jie-hu bararians, returned to the Shandong territory where they rallied some troops to continue the battles against Sima Yue and Sima Teng. In 307, Ji Sang, whose boss was killed while crossing the Yellow River at Baima-xian the previous year, declared himself "da jiangjun". The Jie-hu barbarian leaders sacked Yecheng and killed Sima Teng after sacking Yecheng. Ji Sang carried Sima Ying's coffin in the army. Sima Yue sent Gou Xi against Ji Sang while the latter was to attack Yanzhou. Gou Xi defeated Ji Sang in 8-9 battles. In the subsequent battles, Ji Sang was killed by the marauding migrants under Sima Teng. Sima Teng, as a result of famine in Bingzhou, took people to Jizhou, which was said to have started the marauding "qi [beg] huo [life] jun [army]" in North China that was to continue for dozens of year. During the war years, there were no grain harvests and hence the marauding history of China was a repeating theme of cannibalism which saw the antagonistic armies eating the opposite parties as food. Shi Le, after the death of Ji Sang, then joined Liu Yuan's Hunnic army to attack the Jinn court. In Jizhou (today's Hebei), Shi Le defeated and killed Jinn General Liang Ju and massacred tens of thousands of Jinn troops. Later, Gou Xi, who was retained by multiple Sima kings as general and took part in Sima Yue's campaign against Sima Ying at Yecheng in A.D. 304, was killed by Shi Le in A.D. 311.
When Wang Jun invited the Xianbei and Wuhuan nomads (proto-Tunguz people) in attacking the Jinn Chinese capital in A.D. 304, Liu Yuan requested with the Jinn emperor to go back to the Hun tribes for organizing the counter-Xianbei forces. Liu Yuan returned to the Huns, and helped Jinn defeat the Xianbei and the Jinn rebel Wang Jun. Thereafter, Liu Yuan was appointed Dadudu (i.e., "grand marshal") of the five Hunnic Tribal Groups. Liu Yuan then rebelled against the Jinn Chinese. In A.D. 311, Hunnic King Youxianwang Liu Xuan proposed that Liu Yuan proclaim himself to be the great Hunnic emperor. Liu Yuan, who, like all other Hunnic kings, had adopted the family name "Liu" of Han emperors, agreed to the proposal and proclaimed the founding of the dynasty of Hunnic Han, meaning a posterior dynasty of Han against Jinn (AD 265-316) and Wei (AD 220-265) which usurped Han, in the sense of succession. Liu stated, "The great Chinese saint, Lord Yu, was originally a Xirong (western Rong) and the Zhou kings (1122? BC - 221 B.C.) were from the Dongyi (eastern Yi), where is the logic that the emperors must be of the same ethnical origin?" After Liu Yuan's death, the Huns under Liu Yuan's son, Liu Cong, took over the Jinn capital Luoyang in A.D. 311.
In A.D. 311, Sima Yue, i.e., King of Dong-hai (east sea), mustered a force of 200,000 against Shi Le's Jiehu; however, en route, Sima Yue died of illness. Gou Xi, who was suspected by Sima Yue of rebellion, was retained by Emperor Huaidi as "da jiangjun - da du du"; however, Emperor Huaidi did not take Gou Xi's advice in relocating the capital. Wang Yan ("tai wei", imperial captain) was supported as the new military leader against the Hu and Jie-hu. Wang Yan sent Qian Rui against the barbarian rebels. Shi Le defeated and killed General Qian Rui. Wang Yan et al., half a dozen royal princes and high office holders, were killed by Shi Le via locking them up in a house and then capsizing the walls at night. Hearing of the tragedy of the expedition force, Heh Lun and Li Hun, i.e., leftside and rightside garrison generals, took Sima Yue's wife and son on an escape from Luoyang. En route, the entourage was intercepted by Shi Le, with another batch of royal family members and high office ministers killed by the barbarians. Shi Le then took 30,000 cavalry to converge with Liu Yao's Hunnic army to lay siege of Luoyang. After sacking Luoyang, Shi Le ascribed the contribution to Liu Yao's Hunnic army and departed for Xuchang. Hence began the historical time period called the "Five Hu [Nomadic Groups] Ravaging China", with the five groups being the Huns, Jiehu, Xianbei (including Wuhuan & Toba), Qiang, & Di.
After the loss of the capital, Gou Xi and Wang Zan fled to Cangyuan, where they supported Sima Rui (King of Yuzhang) as the crown prince. Gou Xi subsequently moved to Mengcheng while Wang Zan garrisoned at Yangxia. Both resisted Shi Le till captured and killed by Shi Le. In the aftermath of the loss of Luoyang, Li Hun, after killing his own wife, fled to Guangzong (Wei[1]xian of Hebei) where he re-assembled the anti-Hun and anti-Jiehu forces, later named it the "qi [beg] huo [life] jun [army]", and fought against the Jie-hu barbarians till killed at the Battle of Shangbai in A.D. 313. Serving under Li Hun would be a general called by Guo Jing whose life was spared by Shi Le for the favor Shi Le received while he was being sold as a slave in North China. Shi Le, in lieu of massacre, spared Li Hun and Guo Jing's remnant army, allowing the Chinese troops to form a separate army under the Jiehu command. South of the Yellow River, Chen Wu and Chen Chuan brothers rallied another "qi [beg] huo [life] jun [army]" at Chenliu (east of Kaifeng, Henan). Chen Wu, with Wang Zan, previously followed Gou Xi's order to counterattack the barbarians after Emperor Huaidi (Sima Chi) sent a handwritten decree empowering Gou Xi with the omnipotent military power in A.D. 311. The "qi [beg] huo [life] jun [army]" was said to have modelled after Sima Teng's relocating over 20,000 households to Jizhou (Hebei) from Beizhou (Shanxi) in the consequence of famine.
The [Western] Jinn court selected a new emperor one year later and re-established its capital in Chang'an (today's Xi'an, Shaanxi province), only to be sacked again in A.D. 316. In 313, after the news came that Huaidi was poisoned to death, Zi-ye, the 3rd son of Sima Yan {King of Wu), who was made into the crown prince and the regent in October of A.D. 312, was supported by Qu Yun, Suo Lin and Liang Fen to become an emperor, i.e., Jinn Emperor Mindi (Sima Ye, 300-318, reign 313-316). At Chang'an, the total households left numbered no more than 100. The palace and court did not even have horses and chariots for the emperor to ride. Altogether there were four carts in the city. Emperor Mindi sent a message to Sima Rui (King of Langya) at Shouchun, calling for a concerted campaign against the barbarians. Liu Shu, i.e., Mindi's emissary, reached Yangzhou at the Yangtze bank in August. There was a plan to have three routes of armies attacking the Huns, including the northern prong by Liu Kun and the eastern prong by Sima Rui. In early 314, Liu Kun answered Emperor Mindi's call to attack south. With Liu Kun moving along Xihe (western Yellow River) against Xiping (Linfen) and Yilu attacking Pingyang, Liu Cong realigned the Hunnic army and repelled the attack. To deal with Liu Kun, Liu Cong appointed Shi Le the post of "ci shi" for Bingzhou. Shi Le was to divide and conquer Liu Kun and Wang Jun, respectively.
In July of A.D. 316, Liu Yao's Hunnic army sacked Beidi and subsequently took over the land north of the Wei-shui River. In October, the capital city of Chang'an ran out of grain supply. By the end of November of A.D. 316, Liu Yao, after laying siege of Chang'an since August, sacked Chang'an. Emperor Mindi surrendered, and was made into Marquis Huaian-hou. (Back in March of A.D. 307, Sima Rui, i.e., King of Langya, proclaimed himself King of Jin at Jiankang and declared the era of Jianwu. After the death of Mindi in December 317, Sima Rui officially became an emperor and started the Eastern Jinn court south of the Yangtze.) Zhao Gu and Li Ju, two loyal Jinn generals, intruded into the Hun territory to fight the Huns. Li Ju was noted for at one time ordered the prays at the former Zheng Principality minister Zi-chan's tomb to ask for blessings before attacking the Huns commanded by Liu Chang. In December of A.D. 317, Liu Cong took advice to kill "Zi-ye" (i.e., deposed Jinn Emperor Mindi of age 18) so that his name could not be used to rally anti-Hunnic forces. (Though Mindi was dead, his era of Jianxing was being used by Anterior Liang at the Western Corridor till A.D. 353, when Zhang Zuo usurped the throne belonging to the family of his brother Zhang Gui and publicly named the era of Heping.)
Eastern Jinn Dynasty
Sima Rui proclaimed the new Jinn Chinese Court in Nanking in April of A.D. 317, i.e., Eastern Jinn Dynasty. Back in September of A.D. 307, Sima Rui (King of Langya, 276-323), son of Jinn Emperor Wudi (Sima Yan), had taken the advice of Wang Dao in moving south to Jianye (Jiankang) shortly after Liu Yuan launched the Hunnic rebellion. In 307, Sima Rui was appointed the military post in charge of Yangzhou. In 313, Sima Rui received Emperor Jinn Mindi's appointments as well as an order to launch a northern expedition and coverge troops in the central plains. Seeing that Sima Rui had no intention to attack north, Zu Di, who came south with hundreds of households of his Hebei natives, petitioned for campaigning north. Prior to the eruption of the wars among eight Sima princes, Zu Di, a friend of Liu Kun and noted for practicing swords at the sound of the crow, had promised not to face off with each other should conflicts and wars broke out in the central plains. Sima Rui granted the funds for 1000 men and 3000 units of cloth to Zu Di, with authorization to organize an army at will. Zu Di, commanding his family members and North China natives, crossed the Yangtze, with a swear in mid-Yangtze not to return south without cleansing the central plains of the barbarians, and after recuiting over 2000 men in Huaiyin, marched north. Zu Di, stationing in Yongqiu (Qixian of Henan), came into conflict with various Chinese "wuzhu", namely, warlord-like citadel or fortress leaders who fought against and compromised with the barbarians at times, to the south of the Yellow River. In 317, Zu Di moved to Luzhou (Boxian of Anhui) and fought against Zhang Ping (self-appointed "ci shi" for Yuzhou by Liu Yan) and Fan Ya (self-appointed "tai shou" for Qiao-jun by Liu Yan). Zu Di took over Qiaocheng (Bozhou of Anhui) after Chen Chuan (who self-appointed himself "ning shuo" [pacifying north] general and "tai shou" for Chenliu) and Wang Han ("nan [south] zhonglang-jiang") managed to persuade Fan Ya into subordination.
In A.D. 317, Shi Hu and the Jie-hu army attacked Qiaocheng (Bozhou of Anhui). Zu Di repelled the invasion. Emperor Yuandi (Sima Rui) further dispatched reinforcements to the north to aid Zu Di. In April of A.D. 318, Sima Rui, who assumed the title of King Jinn one year earlier but declined the petition to be an emperor, assumed the emperor's title after the news of Emperor Mindi's death reached Jiankang, and declared the era of Taixing, replacing the Jianwu era of King Jinn.
In 319, numerous military strongmen, generals and governors of North China prefecture and garrisons, including Chen Chuan, et al., either surrendered to the Huns or the Jie-hu or got killed by the barbarians, while famine erupted in Xuzhou, Yangzhou and various prefectures west of the Yangtze. In May, Zu Di was defeated by Shi Le at Junyi, which Chen Chuan surrendered to the Jie-hu after being attacked by Zu Di. The root cause was over Zu Di's award of Fan Ya's horse to Li Tou, Chen Chuan's subordinate general who contributed to the war against Fan Ya. Chen Chuan, who stationed in Junyi and Pengbei, out of jealousy over subordinate general Li Tou's praise for Zu Di, killed Li Tou, which led to the defection of Li Tou's followers to Zu Do. Chen Chuan, after a defeat in Gushui in the hands of Zu Di, surrendered Junyi (Kaifeng of Henan) to Shi Le in April of A.D. 319. When Zu Di attacked Pengguan (Pengbei, i.e., today's Kaifeng of Henan), Shi Le sent Shi Hu and a 50,000 Jie-hu army to the aid of Chen Chuan. After losing the battle at Junyi, Zu Yi retreated to Huainan (Shouxian of Anhui). At two quarters of Junyi (Kaifeng), Chen Chao, a subordinate to Zu Di, confronted Shi Le's army since June. After intercepting the Jie-hu's grain supply at Bianshui (Kaifeng River), Chen Chao pressed Tao Bao and the Jiehu army into retreating to Dong-yancheng (Yanjin of Henan). In July, Shi Le's counterattack, numbering 10,000 cavalry, was defeated by the Jinn army. In October of A.D. 319, Chen Chao, a subordinate to Zu Di, was killed by Shi Le's army when attacking Yao Bao at Pengbei-wu.
To the south of the Yellow River, Zu Di pacified the other military strongmen, such as Zhao Gu, Shangguan Si, Li Ju and Guo Mo et al. Shi Le, who adopted a policy of fighting the Huns and consolidating North China, attempted to make peace with Zu Di. Shi Le ordered Zu Di's family ancestral tombs to be repaired and maintained. Zu Di acquiesced with the trade between the north and south.
In April of A.D. 319, Liu Yao changed the Hunnic Han Dynasty to be Zhao Dynasty. In November of A.D. 319, Shi Le tacked on the Zhao King's title and declared the dynasty of [Posterior] Zhao. In Manchuria, Murong Hui attacked Liaodong and expelled "ci shi" Cui Bi to Koguryo from Pingzhou. In July of A.D. 320, Wei Ce under Zu Di defeated Shi Le's Jiehu army at Bianshui. In April of A.D. 321, Shi Le, in the north, sacked Yanci and killed Duan Pidi. In 321, Eastern Jinn Emperor Yuandi sent Dai Ruosi to the north to supervise Zu Di. Zu Di, hearing of possible infighting between the emperor and Wang Dun's gang, sent his family members to a citadel in the Damushan [big tree] mountain in Runan in lieu of taking advice to attack Hulao (tiger lockup), namely, today's Xingyang of Henan. In September, Zu Di passed away due to illness and worries. Brother Zu Yue succeeded all posts two months later. (Zu Yue, who later in 327 participated in Su Jun's rebellion, fled to the Jie-hu territory for seeking asylum.)
History said that after the death of Zu Di, Wang Dun had no concern about conducting a mutiny. In January of 322, Wang Dun attacked the Jinn court for taking out the ministers and generals implanted by the emperor. Wang Dun, after winning the war, declared himself "cheng xiang" (prime minister). To the north, Shi Le continued to attack the Jinn posts. In May, Shi Le crossed the Yellow River to attack south. In October, Shi Le sacked Xiangcheng and Chengfu, driving Zu Yue to Shouchun. Emperor Yuandi passed away in late 322 as a result of resentment over Wang Dao and Wang Dun's control of the Jinn court.
In North China, the Jie-hu and the Hu (Huns) split, with Shi Le declaring a separate Zhao Dynasty (AD 319-352). In A.D. 322, Jinn Emperor Mingdi, Sima Shao, succeeded Sima Rui. Emperor Mingdi, who was commented to have yellowish "xu" (mustache or whiskers), was said to be born by mother Xun-shi, a court concubine with the background from Yan-Dai prefectures, where the Xianbei barbarians (including the so-called "huangdou xianbei" [yellow head Xianbei]) were in control. In June 324, Mingdi, who was noted for bravery and martialness, at one time intruded to the proximity of rebel Wang Dun's army barracks, and directed the campaign to quell the rebellion by Wang Dun, a prominent Jinn court minister. After quelling the rebellion, Mingdi absolved the people involved in rebellion, and continued to use Wang Dao as court minister.
During the four-year reign, the barbarians in North China continued to attack south. In A.D. 323, Shi Le's Jiehu attacked Xiapi, forcing "ci shi" Bian Dun into withdrawal to Xuyi (today's Huai'an), while Liu Yao's Huns sacked Chencheng. Shi Le further sacked Qingzhou on the Shandong peninsula and killed "ci shi" Cao Yi. In 324, Shi Hu (Shi Jilong) attacked Yanzhou to the east, forcing "ci shi" Liu Xia into retreat to Sikou (Qingjiang of Jiangsu), while the Hunnic army under Liu Yao attacked Weixing and Nanyang to the west. While Eastern Jinn was embroiled in quelling the Wang Dun rebellion, Shi Le's Jiehu army went west to station in Luoyang, forcing Zu Yue, "ci shi" for Yuzhou, into withdrawal to Shouyang. In 325, Shi Le took over Sizhou, Yanzhou and Yuzhou. In June of 325, Shi Hu attacked and sacked Xin'an which was guarded by Liu Yue, a Hunnic general under Liu Yao. It was just at the time when the Huns and Jiehu barbarians were fighting in North China that Jinn Emperor Mingdi passed away due to illness.
In 325, the war between the Huns and Jie-hu broke out over the defection of North Qiangic King Peng-ju to Liu Yao's Anterior Zhao Dynsty. When the Jiehu attacked the Jinn army, the latter sought aid with Liu Yao's Huns. Liu Zhun decided to send army into the "guan-dong" (east of the pass) territory against the Jiehu. In 326, Liu Yao's Hunnic army, in cooperation with Li Ju and Guo Mo's Eastern Jinn remnants, attacked Shi Sheng's Jiehu army. After losing battles at Jin'gu [near Luoyang], Liu Yao retreated to Mianchi, and further fled back to Chang'an, while Guo Mo fled to Jiankang and Li Ju surrendered to Jiehu with 2000 remnants. Shi Le buried alive over 10,000 prisoners of war. Shi Le hence controlled all territories of Sizhou, Yuzhou, Xuzhou and Yanzhou etc. Shi Le further defeated rebel Wang Teng to the north and retook Bingzhou.
By A.D. 328-329, Shi Le's Posterior Zhao destroyed Liu Yao's Anterior Zhao Dynasty. Shi Le first took over fifty counties to the east of the Yellow River. Liu Yao, aligning the Di[1]-Qiang army to counter Zhang Jun and Yang-nan-di's threat from the west and southwest, mobilized all troops for relieving "he-dong" (east of the Yellow River). The Hunnic army pressed the Jie-hu back to Luoyang. While Liu Yao laid siege of Luoyang, Shi Le, under the advice of Xu Guang, in November 328 led a strong relief force to the aid of Luoyang from Xiangguo. Liu Yao made a strategic mistake in massing troops to the west of Luoyang in lieu of Cheng'gaoguan Pass. In the subsequent battle, Shi Le caught drunken Liu Yao alive, and killed him for refusal to call on his sons to surrender. In September of A.D. 329, Shi Le, departing Luoyang, took an army against Chang'an and Shanggui, defeated Liu Xi, killed Liu Yi, Liu Yin, and over 3000 Hunnic nobles and ministers, and civil and military officials, and eliminated Anterior Zhao Dynasty. The Jie-hu relocated the renowned locals to Xiangguo. After rounding up the Hunnic Tuge clan members, the Jie-hu killed them at Luoyang.
Eastern Jinn Dynasty, after the death of Mingdi, selected an infant son, Sima Yan (321-342) to be Emperor Chengdi in 325. Hence dowager empress Yu-taihou (Yu Wenjun) took over the regency. After Yu-taihou died during the 327 Su Jun rebellion, Wang Dao and Yu Liang were to control the regency. In April 326, Shi Le took the Jie-hu army to attacking Runan where rebels surrendered "nei shi" Zu Yue and the city to the Jie-hu. In October, Sima Zong, one of the senior Sima princess, was killed. In November, Shi Cong commanded the Jie-hu army to attack Shouyang. In October 327, Liu Yao dispatched son Liu Yin and a Hunnic army to attacking Jinn army at Baohan, south of the Yellow River. Yu Liang, an in-law family member, attempted to weaken the Wang family's hold on power. When Yu Liang ordered to call over Su Jun, a general at Liyang-hen Garrison, to serve at the court, Su Jun, with the support of Zu Yue, rebelled in November of A.D. 327. In December, the rebels sacked Gushu, and defeated Huan Yi's army at Huwu. Xi Jian ("ci shi" for Xuzhou), from north of the Yangtze, sent Liu Ju to aiding the Jinn court. In February 328, the rebels intruded into Jiankang. Sun Jun fled to seek refuge with Wen Qiao at Xunyang. After taking over Jiankang in February 328. To the north, the Jie-hu attacked and took over Nanyang in April. In May, Su Jun put both the emperor and Wang Dao under house arrest at Shidoucheng (stone citadel). Wang Dao fled, leaving the emperor with Su Jun. Two Jinn Dynasty generals, Tao Kan and Wen Qiao, counterattacked the rebels. In July, Zu Yue's army was defeated by Shi Cong's Jie-hu army in North China, with remnants fleeing to Liyang. ((Zu Yue was attacked by Chen Guang, someone from Yingchuan.) Meanwhile, the Jie-hu under Shi Hu attacked Liu Yao's Hunnic army at Puban. Liu Yao counterattacked the Jie-hu, surrounding Shi Sheng at Luoyang, which led to Shi Le's counterattack in December , ending in the demise of Hunnic Zhao Dynasty. The Jie-hu defeated Fu Hong and the Di[1] at Longshan.
In September 328, Su Jun was killed at the Battle of Baishi (white stone). In January 329, Zu Yue was defeated at Liyang, and fled to seek refuge with Shi Le. In February 329, the rebellion was put down after one year and four months. Zu Yue fled to seek asylum with the Jie-hu after a defeat, and later was killed by the Jie-hu together with his whole family.
Guo Mo rebelled in December by killing Liu Yinn "ci shi" for Jiangzhou. In May 330, Tao Kan caught and executed Guo Mo at Xunyang. Shi Le tacked on the Jie-hu emperor's post in August, and dispatched Guo Jing (former "qi huo jun" general - a role the self-proclaimed Manchu descendant Jin Yong utilized for writing his trecherous martial arts novel on the Mongol-Song war of the 13th century) against Xiangyang. Guo Jing stationed at Fancheng, controlling the displaced North China ["zhong zhou" or the central prefecture] migrants in the area. In October, Li Xiong, another group of Di[1] people in Sichuan, continued to encroach on the Eastern Jinn territory and attacked Badong and Jianping, pressing Guan Qiuao and Yang Qian into retreat to Yidu on the Three Yangtze Gorges. In December, Zhang Jun on the Western Corridor submitted to the Jie-hu. In July 331, Li Xiong's Ba-di[1] intruded into Yinping, and defeated and subjugated Yang Nandi's Wudu-di[1]. In April 332, Guo Jing took over Xiangyang. "tai wei" [imperial captain] Tao Kan sent son Tao Bin and Huan Xuan against Guo Jing. Fancheng was recovered. Li Yang, "tai shou" for Jingling, took over Xinye and Xiangyang. In December, Jinn Emperor Chengdi moved into the new palace, as the former palaces were burnt down in the Su Jun rebellion.
In May 333, Murong Hui died, and son Murong Huang enthroned. In July, Shi Le died, and son Shi Hong enthroned. Shi Cong, over dispute with Shi Hong, surrendered Qiao to Eastern Jinn, while Shi Sheng, who rebelled against Shi Hong in "guan zhong", sent a messenger to submit Qinzhou to Eastern Jinn. Shi Hong sent Shi Hu to attacking and eliminating Shi Lang in Luoyang and Shi Sheng in "guan zhong". In June 334, Li Xiong died, and nephew Li Ban enthroned. In October, Li Qi, son of Li Xiong, killed Li Ban. In November, Shi Hu killed Shi Hong to be "tian wang" [heavenly king]. In 335, Shi Hu launched several excursions against Liyang and Zhonglu to the south. In February 336, Koguryo came to submitt tributes. In October, Eastern Jin defeated the Yelang statelet. In November 337, Murong Huang self-enthroned himself as King of Yan. In February 338, Shi Hu, commanding a force of 70,000, attacked "Liao-xi" (west of the Liao River) and defeated Duan Liao. In April, Li Shou killed Li Qi and declared himself emperor of [Cheng]Han. For Murong Huang's defeating Shi Hu, the Jinn court conferred the post of "zhengbei [campaign north] da jiangjun" onto the Xianbei chieftan. In May, Wang Dao, Xi Jian, and Yu Liang were appointed the most senior posts of the court. In March 339, Deng Yu, "ci shi" for Guangzhou, attacked Shu (i.e., Cheng-han Dynasty). In April, Yu Liang ordered to attack the Jie-hu at Bajun and Jiangyang. In September, Shi Hu sent Kui An and Li Nong to sacking Miannan, while Zhang He to sacking Zhucheng. Li Yang, "tai shou" for Jingling, repelled Kui An's siege of Shicheng. In February 340, Murong Huang defeated the Jie-hu at Liao-xi. In February 341, Murong Huang requested with the Jinn court for conferral of the seal for King Yan.
In June 342, Jinn Emperor Chengdi got ill. The young emperor, who was courageous and intelligent, once rebuked Yu Liang about killing Sima Zong, one of the original five Sima princes who relocated to south of the Yangtze from North China. Before he passed away due to illness, he took the advice of Yu Bing to allow brother Sima Yueh to succeed the throne in lieu of his infant sons. Brother Sima Yueh, i.e., Emperor Kangdi, yielded the power to Yu Bing and Heh Chong while he was in mourning. (Wei Shu, from the North China perspective, claimed tha Yu Bing deposed the infant son of Emperor Chengdi.)
In July 343, Emperor Kangdi, hearing the news that Murong Huang had inflicted heavy casualties onto the Jie-hu, decreed to launch a northern expedition. Huang Wen was sent to Lihuai while Yu Yi was sent to Xiangyang. After the death of Li Shou, Shi Hu sent the Jie-hu army against Cheng-han via the Di-dao route. In December, Shi Hu's army was defeated by Xie Ai, a general under Zhang Jun, while invading the Western Corridor. In December, Kogoryo sent in tributes. In February 344, Murong Huang defeated Yuwen Gui at Changli, driving the Yuwen Xianbei remnants to north of the [pine] desert. In September, Emperor Kangdi dies after a reign of two years. Yu Bing and Yu Yi brothers continued to advocate enthroning an elder royal member, uncle Sima Yu (i.e., elder son of Emperor Yuandi and brother to Emperor Mingdi), as the new Jinn emperor. At the suggestion of Heh Chong, infant son Sima Dan was made into emperor Mudi in the deathbed wish of Sima Yue. Like Yin Hao and Zhu Pou, Huan Wen ("fuguo jiangjun" & "nei shi" for Langya) was a follower of Heh Chong. Huan Wen was to rise up against the Yu Bing family.
In August 345, Huan Wen succeeded Yu Yi as "zhengxi [campaign west] jianghun [general]". Shi Hu appointed Lu Yong, a Jinn defector, to garrisoning Shouchun. In December, Zhang Jun sent an army to attacking and subjugating Yanqi in today's Chinese Turkestan. In June 346, Shi Shu sent an army to attacking the Western Corridor. In November, Huan Wen led an army to attack Chen-han Dynasty. In January 347, Huan Wen's Jinn army sacked Chengdu. Li Shi, who took the advice of Chang Qu [author of Hua Yang Guo Zhi and Wang Gu, surrendered. In today's Vietnam, Fan Wen of Linyi rebelled, sacked Rinan, and killed "tai shou" Xiahou Lan. In October, the Jinn court, for Zhang Chonghua's defeating Ma Qiu's Jie-hu army in August, conferred Zhang Chonghua, the "ci shi" for Liangzhou, the post of "da dudu", "hu [govering] jiang [Qiangs] jiao-wei [colonel]". In August 348, Huan Wen was upgraded to "zhengxi [campaign west] da [grand] jianghun [general]", while Xie Shang "zhengxi [campaign west] jianghun [general]". In September, Murong Jun succeeded Murong Huang. In October, Shi Hu sent Fu Jian to attacking Jingling. In January 349, Shi Hu assumed the Jie-hu emperor's title at Ye.
In February 349, Zhu Pou, "zhengbei [campaign north] da [grand] jianghun [general]", sent Wang Kan against the Jie-hu in a northern campaign. In May, Shi Zun deposed Jie-hu emperor Shi Shi to be the new emperor. In June 349, hearing that Posterior Zhao was undergoing internal turmoil, Huan Wen sent an army to Anlu. Wang Jia, Posterior Zhao's "ci shi" for Yangzhou yielded Shouchun to the Jinn army. Zhu Pou, who had been commanding troops north of the Yangtze for avoiding the impression of influence over the Jinn court through her daughter's status as empress to Emperor Mudi, submitted a northern expedition petition. In July, Zhu Pou sent troops into Pengcheng. Wang Kan, sent by Zhu Peng to retrieve hundreds of households of people at Lujun, was defeated by a Jie-hu army led by Li Nong. In August, Zhu Pou pulled back to Guangling. Chen Kui burnt Shouchun and fled south. Innumerable northern Chinese, who fled across the Yellow River to escape the turmoil of Posterior Zhao Dynasty, failed to receive aid from the Eastern Jinn army. In November, Shi Jian killed Shi Zun with the aid of Ran Min. Zhu Pou, for the debacle at the Battle of Daipi [over which the emperor relieved Zhu Pou of the general's post for the northern expedition] and hearing the family members of dead troops crying aloud in Jingkou (Zhenjiang), died at the end of the year.
In South China, Huan Wen, who petitioned for northern expedition repeatedly, in December of A.D. 351 pressed court minister Yin Hao into concession. In February of A.D. 352, Ran Min killed Shi Jian and declared Wei Dynasty. Yin Hao's petition to send the southern army to Xuchang and Luoyang was approved. Xie Shang, as "anxi [pacify the west] jiangjun", and Xun Xian, moved to garrison at Shouchun; however, a subordinate general by the name of Zhang Yu rebelled at Xuchang. Zhang Yu sent Shangguan En to occupying Luoyang, and sent Le Hong to attacking Cangyuan. Hence the northern expedition stalled. To the west, Xie Shang and Qiangic ally Yao Xiang attacked rebel Zhang Yu at Xuchang. In the subsequent war between rebel Zhang Yu and Xie Shang/Yao Xiang, Fu Jian sent in the Di[1] army, defeating the Chinese-Qiangic allied army. Fu Jian dispatched the D[1] army to the aid of Zhang Yu. Xie Shang, after losing 15,000 men, fled to Huainan under the escort of Yao Xiang. Yin Hao, hearing of Xie Shang's defeat, withdrew the northern expedition army to Shouchun. In July, Fu Jian moved Zhang Yu and 50,000 households of people of Chen, Ying, Xu[chang] and Luo[yang] to "guan zhong".
While the battle for the land of Central China was lost, Jinn Chinese luckily retrieved the jade seal that purportedly originated from the He-shi-bi jade that was first surrendered to Qin Dynasty Emperor Shihuangdi. After Ran Min was defeated by Xianbei's chained 5000-horse cavalry phalanx, Jiang Gan, a subordinate, defended the capital city of Ye, where the Ran Min's family was, for months. In May, starvation inside of Ye led to cannibalism that finished up all the court maids and concubines of the former Jie-hu Zhao court. Jiang Gan send a messenger out of the Xianbei encirclement to seek relief with the Eastern Jinn Army at the Huai River. The Xianbei sent in more troops to lay siege of Ye. In June, the southern army [that was surbordinate to Dai Shi at Fangdou] sent a 100+ commando team into Ye to convince Jiang Gan on the matter of delivering the jade seal as a condition for relief from Eastern Jinn Dynasty. Jiang Gan, commanding 5000 troops and the Eastern Jinn commando, lost 4000 men in a subsequent battle against the Xianbei outside of Ye. In August, generals at Ye surrendered to the Xianbei. Dai Shi [i.e., Eastern Jinn general] and Jiang Gan slipped off the city wall for escape towards Cangyuan. Murong Jun, making a fake announcement that he had obtained from Ran Min's wife (Yundong-shi) the surrender of the jade seal, conferred the title of "fen-xi-jun" onto the widow. At Jiankang, i.e., Eastern Jinn's capital, Xie Shang received a celebration for fetching the jade seal that Xie Shi and Jiang Gan took to Fangdou from Ye.
Against the advice of Wang Xizhi, Yin Hao renewed the northern expedition in September. In October, Eastern Jinn took over Xuchang. In September of A.D. 353, around the Huai River, Yin Hao put Yao Xiang's brothers under house arrest due to fear over the growing strength of the Qiangs. In October, Yin Hao, being duped by a Di[1] Qin general who promised to kill Di[1] Qin King (emperor) Fu Jian, led 70,000 troops towards Luoyang, with Yao Xiang's Qiangs as herald army. En route, Yao Xiang rebelled and attacked Yin Hao, killing over 10,000 Jinn troops. In December, Yao Xiang, after crossing the Huai River, recruited the marauding refugees to develop his army into 70,000 men, and further petitioned Jinn Emperor for rebuking Yin Hao. At the Western Corridor, Zhang Zuo took over all the posts from his brother's son, including "zhou mu" for Liangzhou. Zhang Zuo in January of A.D. 354 declared himself King of Liang. Ding Qi, who objected to the declaration of the Liang kingdom by pointing out how the Zhang family had survived against the barbarians for over 50 years by rallying loyal Jinn Chinese, was killed.
As a result of Yin Hao's debacles, Huan Wen successfully impeached his political enemy and tacked on all power of the Jinn court. Previously, the Jinn army refused to render aid to Ran Min, especially after Ran Min declared the Wei dynastic era. In February of A.D. 354, i.e., the 10th year of the Yonghe Era of Eastern Jinn Emperor Mudi (Sima Dan, 343-361), Huan Wen commanded the northern expedition army against "guan zhong". In February, Huan Wen launched a northern expedition against Di[1] Qin by mobilizing 40,000 troops from Jiangling as well as calling on Sima Xun to attack Di[1] Qin from the Ziwu-dao Path [i.e., the Hanzhong area, between Sichuan and Shenxi]. In March, Yao Xiang surrendered to Yan. From the Western Corridor, the Liang army attacked Chencang to echo Huan Wen's expedition, while Sima Xun attacked Di[1] Qin's western border area. Fu Jian assembled 50,000 Di[1] Qin troops to counter Huan Wen at Xiaoliu. In April, Huan Wen and the Di[1] Qin army battled at Lantian. The Eastern Jinn Army pushed to the outskirts of Chang'an, where they were welcome by the elderly locals with tears. However, Huan Wen, who had ambition to usurp the Jinn throne, stopped short of crossing the Ba-shui River to attack Chang'an, where Fu Jian had arranged the bulk of the Di[1] Qin army, about 30,000 men, in front of the south citywall while retaining 6,000 elderly and weak inside of the inner city. Wang Meng, who later went to serve Fu Jian as the chief counsellor, came to see Huan Wen and replied that the brilliant Chinese in the old capital area did not come to see Huan Wen because they did not see Huan Wen intending to route the barbarians in Chang'an. (While Huang Wen stationed troops at Bashang, Xie Zhen, "tai shou" for Shunyang, commanded a small force to cross the river to intrude towards Chang'an. Later, after learning Huan Wen had withdrawn troops, Xie Zhen pulled back as well, and was killed by Huan Wen for voicing complaints.) After confronting with the Di[1] Qin army for some time, Huan Wen suffered setbacks, and when running out of the grain supply, Huan Wen failed to harvest the wheat that the the Di[1] Qin people had cut beforehand and had to return south. In June, Huan Wen was attacked by Fu Jian at the Battle of Bailu-yuan (white deer plains). After a defeat, Huan Wen forced over 3000 households to move south with him. En route of retreat to Tongguan, the Di[1] Qin army traced behind and continued to inflict heavy casualties onto the Jinn army. After driving out the Jinn army, the Di[1] Qin army attacked Sima Xun and Zhang Zuo in retaliation. In September, Huan Wen returned to Xiangyang.
In June 355, Fu Jian died. In March 356, Huan Wan was sent to campaign against Yao Xiang who took over Xuchang. In August, the Jinn army defeated Yao Xiang at the Yi-shui River, defeating the Qiangs. To the east, Murong Ke attacked Duan Kan at Guanggu. In January 357, Murong Ke captured and killed Duan Kan. In May, the Di[1] army defeated the Qiangs at Sanyuan and killed Yao Xiang. In June, Fu Jian[1] killed Fu Sheng to be the new D[1] emperor. Xie Yi succeeded Xie Shang's posts. In March 358, Emperor Mudi ordered Xie Yi and Xun Xian to conduct a northern expedition against Murong Jun's Xianbei who took over most of prefectures in Jizhou. In June, with the defection of Feng Yang to Murong Jun's side, the Xianbei took over most of the "he-bei" (north of the Yellow River) land. The Jinn army commanded by Xun Xian was defeated by the Xianbei at Shanren in December. In July 359, Gao Chang was forced to flee Baima for Yingyang under the attack from Murong Jun. In October, Murong Jun attacked Dong'a, and defeated Xie Wan and Xi Tan who were sent to Xiacai and Gaoping to counter Murong Jun. In January 360, Murong Jun died. In May 361, Jinn Emperor Mudi died.
Written by Ah Xiang

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