Chinese scholar says ‘new evidence in Japan proves Beijing’s sovereignty over South China Sea islands’

Japan-based Chinese scholar claims that he has found new evidence collected in Japan which proves China’s sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea, China’s state media reported.

Zhu Jianrong, a professor at Toyo Gakuen University, said that he had found several pieces of evidence – including a telegram and newspaper clippings from the 1920s to 1930s – which could prove that the Japanese government at the time acknowledged China’s sovereignty in the Spratly and Paracel Islands, Xinhua reported.

In a telegram found in the diplomatic archives of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 1933 Japan’s consulate general in Nanjing told Uchida Kosai, Japan’s then-foreign minister, that the nine islets occupied by France, between the Philippine Islands (the name of the Philippines before 1935) and Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), were under China’s sovereignty and under the jurisdiction of the Xisha islands – the Chinese name for the Paracel Islands, Xinhua quoted Zhu as saying.

In 1933, France invaded nine isles of the Nansha Islands, using the Chinese name for the Spratly Islands, Xinhua reported.

Newspapers at that time mistakenly reported that France had seized the Xisha Islands.

After Japan learnt that the islands France had seized at that time were part of the Nansha Islands, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper published an article on July 21, 1933, which cited a report sent by Harukazu Nagaoka, the then Japanese ambassador to France, to Japan’s foreign ministry.

In the report, Nagaoka said that there had always been Chinese people living on Zhongye Island (Thitu Island) in the Nansha Islands, while on one of the nine isles seized by France, there were also signs of Chinese people living there before.

Zhu also found some government archives, which showed that the Japanese government recognised that the Paracel Islands belonged to China, Xinhua reported.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:

Deep in Japanese archives ‘proof’ China owns islands

Source: SCMP “Chinese scholar says ‘new evidence in Japan proves Beijing’s sovereignty over South China Sea islands’”


5 Comments on “Chinese scholar says ‘new evidence in Japan proves Beijing’s sovereignty over South China Sea islands’”

  1. johnleecan says:

    America thinks Japan is always on its side. They even entertain Japan having nuclear weapons. That is the stupidity of the Americans.

    Why do you think Joe Biden says Japan can virtually became nuclear overnight? It’s because Japan have already in place blueprints and materials to mass produce nuclear weapons.

    Japanese will never forget their defeat and will take revenge against the Americans. Now that Abe’s cabinet is composed of 80% members of Nippon Kaigi, it has these goals: turning back sexual equality, restoring patriarchal values, returning Japan to a pre-war constitution – “a Japan where women, children, and foreigners have no basic human rights”, getting rid of foreigners, void pesky “human rights” laws, return Japan to its Imperial Glory, and they believe the Japanese is a divine race with all other races inferior.

    Mainlanders are so stupid. They buy and adore American and Japanese brands just to show off their wealth and status. Look at the Koreans and Japanese, they usually buy their own local brands. If mainlanders are loyal to their country, Chinese companies would have been even more successful. Now the Americans and Japanese are laughing and rolling on the floor on the stupidity of mainlanders.


  2. Steve says:

    SO, what happens now.? China truly owns it historically and factually. This one sided arbitration have not taken China’s jurisdiction into account because of non participation. Since after the announcement of the arbitration award, China’s legal experts would be working within the Government and with International legal institutions to overturn this arbitration farce or at least present a legal argument why China has genuine historical claims. China has historical records and ownership to the contested territories.


    • Simon says:

      There is nothing to be overturn because the PCA lacks any authority to issue anything lawful in the first place. I can set up a court to arbitrate for any tom dick and harry who want to pay me and it will be completely in their favour how they wanted but legally binding? Who is kidding who.


      • Steve says:

        True, the PCA is distinct from the ICJ. In fact the PCA is not the place for justice. The arbitrators has no work ethics and only care about $$$$ according to a report. The $30 millions dollars earned by the arbitrators laughing all the way to the bank….Filthy Buggers.

        But, China should be gathering a legal team to expose the hypocrisy and condemn this farcical arbitration. The world needs to know the righteousness of China’s legal standing in the SCS just to clear the smeared stains by the PH.


  3. Simon says:

    This news is not actually new. I’ve known this for a long time ago while searching online about Japan condeming French invasion of Chinese territories in the SCS and that Japan recognise SCS islands of Paracel and Spratley including surrounding sea areas as Chinese.
    The PCA either completely stupid or deliberately ignored historical fact when they say China had never occupied the SCS. Obvuously the case was funded by the Phillipines and the court does not have a right to rule on behalf of the UN.