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Japan's theft of Diaoyu Islands tramples on anti-fascist victory: expert (2)

(Xinhua)

08:10, September 24, 2012

The Ryukyu Islands do not include the Diaoyu Islands, which are Chinese territories.

As the Treaty of San Francisco was signed without the presence of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese government deemed it as illegal, and refused to recognize it.

In 1953, the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands arbitrarily expanded its jurisdiction to include the Diaoyu Islands without a jurisprudential basis to justify this action.

In 1971, Japan and the U.S. signed the Okinawa Reversion Agreement, which arbitrarily included the Diaoyu Islands in the territories and territorial waters to be reversed to Japan.

The Chinese government protested and issued a statement saying that it was illegal to arbitrarily include the Diaoyu Islands and that it could not change the fact that China owned the Diaoyu Islands, Li said.

"It was a brazen infringement upon China's territorial sovereignty, which the Chinese people cannot not tolerate," he said.

The U.S. illegal transfer of the Diaoyu Islands to Japan through backroom deals ignited the indignation of the Chinese people and triggered a worldwide campaign of defending the Diaoyu Islands at that time, Li said.

"Japan always avoids to mention the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Proclamation over the Diaoyu Islands issue, but refers to the Treaty of San Francisco," Li said, adding Japan's "basis" is groundless.

Japan has also claimed that the Diaoyu Islands were without ownership in ancient times. Li refuted this and said a large number of historical facts proved that the Diaoyu Islands were on the record of China's Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasties.


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