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The National Library of China on Monday presented historical documents, atlases and ancient journals regarding the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets in the East China Sea. The documents are intended to demonstrate that China discovered the Diaoyu Islands at the beginning of the 15th century, as well as put them under its jurisdiction as affiliated islets of Taiwan. The central government folded the Diaoyu Islands into the defense scope of east China's Fujian province, the documents show.
Ancient ancestors in China first discovered and named Diaoyu Dao through their production and fishery activities on the sea. In China's historical literatures, Diaoyu Dao is also called Diaoyu Yu or Diaoyu Tai. The earliest historical record of the names of Diaoyu Dao, Chiwei Yu and other places can be found in the book Voyage with a Tail Wind (Shun Feng Xiang Song) published in 1403 (the first year of the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty). It shows that China had already discovered and named Diaoyu Dao by the 14th and 15th centuries.
In the early years of the Ming Dynasty, China placed Diaoyu Dao under its coastal defense to guard against the invasion of Japanese pirates along its southeast coast. In 1561 (the 40th year of the reign of Emperor Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty), An Illustrated Compendium on Maritime Security (Chou Hai Tu Bian) compiled by Zheng Ruozeng under the auspices of Hu Zongxian, the supreme commander of the ...
The Roadmap to Ryukyu (Liu Qiu Guo Hai Tu) in the Shi Liu Qiu Lu written by imperial title-conferring envoy Xiao Chongye in 1579 (the seventh year of the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty), the Record of the Interpreters of August Ming (Huang Ming Xiang Xu Lu) written by Mao Ruizheng in 1629 (the second year of the reign of Emperor Chongzhen of the Ming Dynasty) ...
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Japan's "purchase" and "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands makes a mockery of the World War II victory and the following arrangements for Japan set out in the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation, an expert said on Sunday. Li Guoqiang, deputy director of the Research Center For Chinese Borderland History and Geography under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a major government think tank, explained how the two international documents outlined arrangements for Japan after the Second World War.
A senior marine administration official said Thursday that safeguarding China's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands, as well as its national marine rights and interests, will be a long-term and critical struggle.
Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou Thursday said Taiwan will make no compromises regarding the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands. "We will never compromise on it," Ma said while addressing an academic symposium in Taipei.
A former speaker of Japan's lower house said that the Japanese government's "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands has gone too far, as tensions between China and Japan continue to simmer.
China said Thursday its dispatch of fisheries law enforcement vessels to waters off the Diaoyu Islands was in accordance with its laws and needs. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu was responding to a question concerning Chinese fisheries patrol boats' missions in waters near the Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea.
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Beijing vowed further measures to guard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands as top diplomats met in New York. Despite Tokyo's repeated call for dialogue with Beijing, observers said Japan's constant international lobbying to deny the existence of the territorial dispute shows it has little confidence in diplomacy or the ability to persuade others of its stance.
Taiwanese fishing boats that sailed to the Diaoyu Islands to protest Japan's "purchase" of part of the islands completed their voyage Tuesday morning and have set sail for home. Local media reported that the boats finished their protest at 9:15 a.m.and are expected to return to a port in northeast Taiwan's Yilan county at noon Wednesday.
A fisherfolk waits to leave for China's Diaoyu Islands at a port in Yilan, southeast China's Taiwan, Sept. 24, 2012. A total of 75 fishing boats from Taiwan sailed to the Diaoyu Islands on Monday afternoon from the port in Yilan. The boats will sail around the Diaoyu Islands in a move to protect the fishing rights in nearby waters.
The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Friday jointly released a list of standardized names for the geographic entities on the Diaoyu Island and some of its affiliated islets.
China published a pamphlet on Thursday stating that Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islets in the East China Sea are China's "inherent territory." The pamphlet, published in Chinese, English and Japanese, will be issued both at home and abroad, according to the State Oceanic Administration, which oversees the publication.
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Rallies and protests broke out in several Chinese cities on Tuesday to oppose Japan's "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands and their affiliated islets. More than 10 protestors gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday morning, holding placards that read, "The Diaoyu Islands are Chinese territory." Also on Tuesday morning, several people in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, gathered outside the Japanese consulate, shouting slogans such as, "Protect the Diaoyu Islands!"
Chinese netizens have been angered by the Japanese cabinet's decision to use reserve funds to "purchase" part of China's Diaoyu Islands. The Japanese government signed on Tuesday a contract with the Kurihara family, who the Japanese claim is the "private owner" of the Diaoyu Islands.
Residents hold a protest at the Japanese consulate in downtown Vancouver, Canada, Aug. 24, 2012. Some 200 Chinese Canadians on Friday protested against the encroachment of Japan to the Diaoyu Islands.
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The Chinese government's white paper on the Diaoyu Islands has presented ample historical facts to support China's sovereignty claim over the territory, scholars worldwide agree. The white paper, widely reported by leading newspapers across the world, was issued "at the right time and sent several important messages to the international community regarding the current crisis surrounding the islands," Peter J. Li, associate professor of East Asia Politics at University of Houston ...
The Chinese government issued a white paper on Diaoyu Dao Tuesday, asserting the country's indisputable sovereignty over it and its affiliated islands. Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands are an inseparable part of the Chinese territory, it is China's inherent territory in all historical, geographical and legal terms, and China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao, the white paper says.
The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday published a white paper on Diaoyu Dao, an inherent territory of China.
A Chinese white paper unveils Japan's covert moves to seize Diaoyu Dao from China around the Sino-Japanese War in July 1894, noting that Japan's secretive moves to grab the islands during the time does not have legal effect under international law. "Japan's official documents show that from the time of the facts-finding missions to Diaoyu Dao in 1885 to the occupation of the islands in 1895, Japan had consistently acted ...
China has taken resolute measures to safeguard its sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao over the past years, says a white paper issued by the Chinese government on Tuesday. The white paper, titled "Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China", was released by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China. China has, through the diplomatic channel, strongly protested ...
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