Collector's map supports Chinese claim over Diaoyu Island

14:45, September 25, 2010      

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The world map published by the Japan-based Mainichi Shimbun newspaper around 1950 shows that Japan's sovereignty scope and territorial waters does not include the Diaoyu Islands in the Japanese demarcation line.(Photo by Wu Jiang, Beijing News)


While sorting out his collections, Zhao Rong, a private collector specializing in collections from China's war against Japan, recently found a world map published by the Japan-based Mainichi Shimbun newspaper around 1950 showing that Japan's sovereignty scope and territorial waters does not include the Diaoyu Islands in the Japanese demarcation line, according to Beijing News.

"This means that Japan has long learned that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China," said Zhao.

Ding Shimin, director of the Stamp, Bank Note and Coin Committee under the Jilin Association of Collectors, said this map has great collection value and historical significance.

Japan's territorial waters do not include Diaoyu Islands

Zhao, 39, started paying attention to the topic of the Japanese invasion of China in 1996, and since then, he has collected more than 400 related items. Among the maps he has collected are a map of China specifying Japan's military strongholds and ammunition depots in China during wartime and a world map using different colors to show the areas captured by Japan.

On Sept. 23, Zhao showed reporters the world map that was published by Mainichi Shimbun in Japanese to mark the "war reconciliation."

He pointed to a red broken line on the map that specifies Japanese territorial waters around Japan. There are Japanese words reading "Higashi Shina Kai (East China Sea)" beyond the part of the red broken line close to China's territory.

"This is the East China Sea beyond the red broken line and the Diaoyu Islands is within the East China Sea. This means that Japan has long known that the Diaoyu Islands belongs to China," Zhao said. He added that Japan used "war reconciliation" to replace "war defeat." Zhao estimates that this map was drawn during the Tokyo trial between 1948 and 1950.

The 'war reconciliation' map genuine

Ding Shimin, an official at the Jilin Association of Collectors, said that through identifying the quality of the paper, the names of places on the map as well as the historical inference, "the latest map of the world" collected by Zhao is genuine. Ding explained that the number of maps of China and the world printed by Japan and introduced to China are limited and false maps cost too much. Therefore, these maps of China and the world printed by Japan and collected by Chinese collectors are all genuine.

Ding said that Japan drew maps in every historical period for collection and publicity of battle achievements in their own country. Therefore, these historical relics have become collections with high value and historical significance.

By People's Daily Online

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