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Historical evidence indicates Diaoyu Islands part of China: library (2)

(Xinhua)

08:27, September 18, 2012

It is "a sheer historical lie" for Japan to claim sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands based on the principle of "first come, first served," according to a statement from the library.

The "Record of the Imperial Envoy's Visit to Ryukyu" displayed at the exhibition represents the earliest Chinese document to record the maritime boundaries of China.

It says that in 1372, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) dispatched the first envoy to Ryukyu, an area that acted as a Chinese vassal state during the following Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) until Japan annexed Ryukyu and renamed it Okinawa at the end of the Qing Dynasty, said librarian Huang Runhua.

China sent envoys to Ryukyu 24 times during both dynasties, as noted in the record, Huang said.

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