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People's Daily: How could Japan "buy" China-owned Diaoyu Islands?


09:23, September 12, 2012

The People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), carried a commentary Tuesday protesting the Japanese government's so-called "purchase" of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

The Japanese government's official decision to "buy" the Diaoyu Islands and affiliated islets is a serious violation of China's territorial sovereignty and has triggered strong protests from the Chinese government and people, said the newspaper article run under the byline of Guo Jiping.

The article presented a long list of historical facts to prove that the Diaoyu Islands were first found, named and used by the Chinese and that the Chinese government has long administered the islands.

It cited a Chinese military defense map published in 1561 that included the islands in its frontier, as well as a government history chronicle published in 1871 that identified the islands as under the administration of Taiwan.

The article elaborated on a string of historical events in the late 19th century and early 20th century, in which Japan illegally occupied the islands after the China-Japanese War in 1895 and the Chinese government resumed its sovereignty according to the Cairo Declaration in 1943 and the Potsdam Proclamation in 1945.

The article included detailed accounts of how the United States and Japan illegally decided the status of the islands in the 1950s without the participation of China, the owner of the islands.

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