The Chinese Embassy in Japan has issued a statement through its website, disputing the claims of a document reported last week, which stated that Beijing recognized the Senkaku Islands as part of Ryukyu, the old name of Okinawa.
Ironically, the document, entitled “Draft platform on issues and arguments in the parts concerning territories in the peace with Japan,” was actually produced by the Chinese government in May 1950. According to the report published in the Jiji Press, complete with photocopies, the document called the islands Senkaku, instead of the Chinese name Diaoyu, and stated that it is part of Ryukyu. But the Chinese website claimed that this is another tactic of Japan to strengthen its argument, despite evidence to the contrary. It said that “using unsigned reference material” is an “indication of Japan’s lack of confidence”.
China has always claimed sovereignty over Diaoyu, citing international laws and Japan’s own diplomatic documents, as well as the Cairo Declaration of 1943, which outlined the policies of the Allies towards Japan during World War II. In a press conference on December 31, Hua Chunying, deputy director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Information Department reiterated that they have enough evidence to stake their claim to Diaoyu as Chinese territory.
The major news outlets, except for a few online news sites, in China have not made any reference to the disputed documents since it was released.