Treaty of Shaoxing

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Southern Song and Jin in 1142 after the Treaty of Shaoxing.

The Treaty of Shaoxing (Chinese : 紹興 和議 ; pinyin :Shàoxīng Héyì) was the agreement that ended the military conflicts between the Jin dynasty and the Southern Song dynasty. It also legally drew up the boundaries of the two countries and forced the Song dynasty to renounce all claims to its former territories north of the Qinling Huaihe Line, which included its former capital Kaifeng. Emperor Gaozong of Song executed Yue Fei after the treaty.

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The treaty was signed in 1141, and under it the Southern Song agreed to paying tribute of 250,000 taels and 250,000 packs of silk to the Jin every year (until 1164). The treaty was formally ratified on 11 October 1142 when a Jin envoy visited the Song court. [1] The treaty reduced the Southern Song into a quasi-tribute state of the Jin/Jurchen dynasty.

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  1. Robert Hymes (2000). John Stewart Bowman, ed. Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture. Columbia University Press. p. 34. ISBN   978-0-231-11004-4.