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Ample facts presented in China's white paper on Diaoyu Islands: U.S. scholars

English.news.cn   2012-09-29 11:26:36            

A citizen picks up a copy of the Chinese version of "Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China" in a bookstore in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 28, 2012. "Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China", a white paper issued on Sept. 25 by the State Council Information Office (SCIO), was officially released on Friday. The white paper, which comes in Chinese, English and Japanese versions, asserts China's indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands. (Xinhua/Liu Changlong)

CHICAGO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government's white paper on the Diaoyu Islands has presented ample historical facts to support China's sovereignty claim over the territory, U.S. scholars say.

"As a historian, I confirm the Chinese government's strong claim of jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands," Guy Alitto, an associate professor of History and East Asian Language & Civilization at the University of Chicago, told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Alitto said he was bothered by the so-called "nationalization" of the Diaoyu Islands by Japan at a time when both governments were about to make leadership transitions.

"The Japanese government should be fully aware of the extreme sensitivity of the issue to the Chinese and the Chinese government," he said.

"I had my students do research on these islands some years ago and came to the same historical conclusion," Alitto added, referring to the white paper's confirmation that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China.

He said the escalation of the dispute would not benefit any party involved.

Thomas Gehl, an associate professor at Marquette University Law School, said the white paper lays out a rational conclusion for China's claim over the islands.

China has exerted jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands since the early era of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and "Japanese cartographer showed (the islands) as part of China in the 17th century," said Gehl, who is also an attorney at Clark Hill PLC and chair of the firm's China Initiative.

J.D. Bindenagel, a former ambassador with more than 30 years of experience in the American diplomatic corps, described the white paper as a "very good position paper."

China has laid out a good historical review of the islands in the white paper, said Bindenagel, who is also a former negotiator for issues arising from World War II.

On Tuesday, China's State Council Information Office issued a white paper claiming the country's indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.


Full Text: Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China

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Hong Lei said that China had expressed grave concern over the embassy's receipt on Thursday of a bullet in the post, adding that China has asked Japan to take effective measures to guarantee safety for Chinese embassies and personnel in Japan in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Full story

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BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed on Monday that Japan should bear the consequence caused by its illegally "buying" the Diaoyu Islands.

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BEIJING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Instead of trying to remedy its highly provocative actions to challenge China's sovereignty and the postwar world order, Japan has chosen to take another step toward the wrong path, which will ultimately boomerang on itself.

On Monday, Japanese Prime MinisterYoshihiko Nodais to appear before the UN General Assembly to justify Tokyo's policies toward its maritime row with Beijing in an attempt to manipulate or confuse the world opinion on China's indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.Full story

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Despite repeated protests from Beijing, Japan launched its unilateral move to "purchase" the Diaoyu Islands, which are Chinese territories, on Sept. 10 this year.Full story


Editor: Tang Danlu
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