The Expedition... We journeyed for India, we had taken many goods with us to trade along the way. We traded with Champa and the island of Java, the people of Champa had aloe wood which was very rare, they also had the horn of a rhinoceros along with ivory of an elephant. All was offered to our emperor as tribute. When we arrived in Calicut, India we traded our goods for a multitude of foreign goods. In the straits of Malacca I encountered a notorious pirate, Chen Zuyi, I easily sank his fleet and killed the majority of his crew. We eventually captured him and brought him to Nanjing where he was executed. We then Installed a man (loyal to the Chinese of course) who played a great role in my victory, in return we promised protection.
Overall we gained many foreign objects, items such as coral and precious jewels. India benefited from my journey as well, they obtained both foreign goods, and we also took a danger away from the traders, by which I mean Chen Zuyi. We now know we can trade with the people of India when we please, hopefully without running into any pirates.
Zheng He Maritime Expeditions (Overview)." World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras.