Better late than never
Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara on Tuesday cited China’s official People’s Daily as describing — on Jan. 8, 1953 — the Senkaku Islands as part of Japan’s territory….
The People’s Daily described the Ryukyu Islands as “dispersed between the northeastern part of our country’s Taiwan and the southwestern part of Japan’s Kyushu Island” and as including the Senkaku Islands as well as the Sakishima Islands, Maehara said…
Maehara also noted that a world atlas published in China in 1960 specified the Senkaku Islands as part of Okinawa Prefecture….
China and Taiwan began to make territorial claims to the Senkaku Islands around 1970 as oil resources in the area attracted attention.
How much longer will the media and the commentators in the Anglosphere continue to repeat their boilerplate formulation that sovereignty over the islets is “disputed”?
Isn’t it time to rethink that? They might start by taking a look at a copy of the original article and a partial translation at Michael Turton’s site, The View from Taiwan.
Then again, maybe that’s expecting too much.
Better late than never, guys.