Explanation: The Ming Dynasty arose out of the ashes of Mongol mismanagement and followed a policy of restricting outside influences in China, lest foreigners retake the country. The choice that best aligns with this idea is (A). Eliminate (B), as this first occurred in the Han Dynasty and is not a Ming innovation. Eliminate (C) because after the voyages of Zheng He, the Ming government ceased to finance seaborne voyages of significance. Eliminate (D), as the Ming actually followed Neo-Confucian policies.