That is not correct.2. The Ming army particularly the cavalry had a lot of Mongol recruits, however, their leadership was weak. The Ming tried more than 3x to conquer the northern Yuan in Inner and Outer Mongolia, but failed . The climax of
which is the battle of Tumu wherein the Oirads defeated a Ming army
of 500,000 men taking emperor Ying Zong hostage and prisoner.
Ming Dynasty was weakened by fighting too many wars and by corruption that betrayed its own generals. For example, General Yu Quan defeated the Mongols when the Mongols reached 80km of Beijing. When the Zhentong Emperor regained the throne, he had Yu Quan executed.
Another excellent general was Qi Jiquang, who cleaned up Japanese pirates (well more like Chinese pirates using hired Japanese ronin) along the Chinese coast. Later, he was in charge of a major segment of the Great Wall and defeated every Mongol attempt to pass through it during his lifetime. His elite troops used something called a Chang Dao (Long Dao) which looked like they were copied from Japanese Nodachi, which is a very long sword. A frigate of the ROC Navy is named after him.
Yuan Chonghuan defeated both Nurhachi and his son Huang Taiji in seperate battles, both when being vastly outnumbered. But Yuan himself became a victim of eunuch backstabbing and as a result got executed unjustly. The death of Yuan Chonghuan was a major cause of the Ming Dynasty's fall since Huang Taiji even feared him.
The Ming also fought in the Imjin wars with their Korean allies, and managed to fight the Japanese into a bloody standstill and that eventually led to the Japanese withdrawal.
The Ming also had to fight numerous rebellions, one of which was successful enough to take Beijing. Manchus used this to their advantage.
True, but nothing like the Han to Tang period where Greek arts left by Alexander the Great in the Hindu Kush entered China, the Silk Road where Persian arts and horses entered China, or through the influx of Buddism from India, and the entry of Jews and even Nestorian Christians to China. The concept of the highly revered Buddist saint Guanyin (in Japanese, Kannon) came from images of the Virgin Mary brought by Christians along this route. The Song Dynasty's greatest poet was a man born in Central Asia.4. The Yuan was more west centric since it had links with the Ilkhanate
of Hulegu in Persia and the golden horde of Batu in Russia. Road and postal
systems were set up from Beijing , Kharakhorin all the way to Moscow, Kiev
Sarai(Saratov today), and parts of Persia , Chinese art became predominant
in Persia, during the 13-17th century . Persian metalwork and astronomy
also benefited China greatly.
Wrong. Zheng He was born long after the Yuan Dynasty was gone. In fact, like six generations passed.5. The so called Ming fleet was actually built during the Yuan, Admiral
Zheng He was a Hui in former service with the Yuan.
The Ming had many failings indeed, but the Qing Dynasty made it even more backward. For example, despite his military successes that brought China to its greatest extent, Qianlong Emperor's fascination with swords and hand combat, retarded China's early lead in gunpowder development in favor of returning to classical arms like swords. Surely, the swords made during the Qing Dynasty were among the best ever made in China and in fact around the world, prized by collectors, but at what price? China was decisively overtaken by the West in firearms development.6. The Ming, in my opinion, did not move China forward, it moved it backward.
It's failure to incorporate the Northern Yuan as well as it's failed policies
in Manchuria led to it's eventual demise.
During the Imjin wars, the Ming cannons were superior even to the Portugeses muskets and artillery that were supplied to the Japanese. You can see that from this period, the Chinese were still superior in firearms development. By the time of the Opium Wars, steam powered British gunboats were outranging the warjunks in cannon fire.