Sun Dongmin

Why was the Diaoyu Islands Dispute Rekindled Over?

Research by Chinese and Japanese Scholars

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The China-Japan Association for the Promotion of Journalism in Beijing  has initiated, arranged and presided over the compilation of this book.


The year 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. The China-Japan relations should have been further deepened in this memorable year. However, Japan’s unlawful “purchase” of the Diaoyu Islands and “nationalization” of the Diaoyu Islands severely infringes upon China’s territorial sovereignty and greatly hurt the Chinese people’s feelings, which has resulted in the unprecedented grim situation of China-Japan relations. Moreover, far-sighted people from the two countries have been more and more anxious about this issue.
As we all know, the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China’s sacred territory since ancient times. This is supported by historical facts and jurisprudential evidence. The Diaoyu Islands were first discovered, named and exploited by the Chinese people. Since the Ming Dynasty, the Diaoyu Islands have been put under the jurisdiction of China’s naval defense. The waters surrounding Diaoyu Island are traditionally Chinese fishing ground. Although the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are uninhabited, they have never been “terra nullius”. China is the indisputable owner of the Diaoyu Islands.
As an inherent territory of China, the Diaoyu Islands shouldn’t be a problem. Japan’s illegal seizure and occupation of the Diaoyu islands in 1895 has caused the current dispute. During the Sino-Japanese War, taking advantage of the Qing government’s undoubted failure, Japan incorporated the islands under the administration of Okinawa secretly. Then, Japan seized the islands for a long term by signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. After the end of World Anti-Fascist War, Japan surrendered unconditionally and accepted the Potsdam Declaration that determined that all territories, including the Diaoyu Islands, occupied by Japan during its invasion of China be returned to China. However, the US and Japan had underhand secret dealings. In December, 1953, the US Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands expanded its jurisdiction to the Diaoyu Islands without any form of jurisprudential justification. On June 17th, 1971, Japan and the United States signed Okinawa Reversion Agreement in order to hand over Okinawa to Japan, and the Diaoyu Islands were mapped into the handover area. Chinese government solemnly declared that such a move was flagrant, totally illegal and invalid; it couldn’t change China’s territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands.




Format: paperback
Publication date: 2018
Page extent: 528
ISBN: 9786059914611



The Diaoyu Islands Belong to China

I. The Diaoyu Islands issue is a problem left over by history

II. China is the owner of the Diaoyu Islands

III. Japan’s aggressive expansion reveals its nature

IV. Private deals are illegal and invalid

V. The thief suffers from its own actions

VI. Ryukyu, from being a vassal state of the China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties to being annexed by Japan

VII. The Diaoyu Islands never belonged to Okinawa Islands

Facts Related To Okinawa Reversion Agreement of 1971

VIII. Historical truth cannot be denied

IX. Garbling and confusing

X. Settling the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands through peaceful means

Chapter I

Chinese Leaders’ Speeches and Government Statements on the Diaoyu Islands Issue

I. Chinese Leaders’ Standpoints on the Diaoyu Islands Issue

II. Government Statements

Chapter II

Scholars’ Papers and Newspapers Commentaries

I. Ironclad Evidence Shows that Diaoyu Islands is China’s Territory

II. The Textual Research on Ceding the Diaoyu Islands in the Treaty of Shimonoseki

III. On Sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and Its Solution

IV. Ownership of the Diaoyu Islands: Historical Facts

V. On the History and Jurisprudence of the Diaoyu Islands

Chapter Four

Related Literature

The Cairo Declaration

The Potsdam Proclamation

Joint Statement/Communique between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of Japan

Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between Japan and The People’s Republic of China

China-Japan Joint Declaration On Building a Partnership of Friendship and Cooperation for Peace and Development

China-Japan Joint Statement on Promoting Strategic,  Mutually Beneficial Ties

Chapter Five


Brief Introduction on Diaoyu Islands (Diaoyu Dao) and the Issue

The Sino-Japanese War

The Treaty of Shimonoseki

Separate Articles to the Treaty of Shimonoseki relating to Weihaiwei

The Signing Process of Treaty of Shimonoseki

Documents on the Cession of Taiwan to Japan

Roosevelt Proposed to Hanover Ryukyu Islands to China’s Administration

Once the US Adopted An Ambiguous Position Regarding the Sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands

Records of the Historical Events Related to Ryukyu

Chronicle of Events Regarding the Diaoyu Islands Issue



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