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’”

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Photos of Launchs of YJ-62, HQ-9 Missile by Xisha (Paracel) Garrison


Launch of YJ-62 missile in military drill in South China Sea

Launch of YJ-62 missile in military drill in South China Sea

Launch of YJ-62 missile in military drill in South China Sea

Launch of YJ-62 missile in military drill in South China Sea

Launch of HQ-9 missile in military drill in South China Sea

Launch of HQ-9 missile in military drill in South China Sea

CCTV shows footage of the launches of YJ-62 anti-ship and HQ-9 air defence missiles by garrisons on Xisha (Paracel) and Nansha (Spratly) Islands in their military drills. The above photos are taken from the footage.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Disclosure of Launch of YJ-62 Missile by Xisha (Paracel) Garrison” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


China’s Response to U.S. Cruise—Militarization of Artificial Islands


China's heavy weapons take part in South China Sea military drill

China’s heavy weapons take part in South China Sea military drill

China does not want to militarize the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea for fear of upsetting its friends in the ASEAN; therefore, I said in my post “US Gives China the Excuse to Militarize Its Artificial Islands” on May 23:

China must use the vast sea areas it claims in the South China Sea for economic development instead of military purpose.

That was what China had declared repeatedly. In addition China has times and again reiterated that it wants a peaceful rise. In fact there was no military threat for China to make military use of those islands.

However, I predicted that as the US has really begun to patrol those artificial islands and the areas around them China will have the excuse to militarize the artificial islands, which is China’s real goal in building the islands.

True enough, at Chinese Defense Ministry’s November regular press conference, its spokesman Wu Qian said in reply to a reporter’s question that U.S. patrol seriously threatens China’s sovereignty and security and that Chinese military would take all necessary measures to safeguard China’s national sovereignty, security and maritime rights and interests.

What necessary measures? In a CCTV interview, China’s well-known military expert Yin Zhuo says that such measures include sending military forces to station on the islands including facilities of air defense, telecommunications, radar, reconnaissance, etc. and air and naval forces, which is exactly militarization of the islands.

In a mil.huanqiu.com article, the writer discusses in details the special measures to deal with the erosion on the artificial islands to turn them into unsinkable aircraft carriers.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “The U.S. wants to cruise Nansha again: Defense Ministry: We will take all necessary measures!” and “Expand South China Sea islands and reefs into China’s unsinkable aircraft carriers? Lots of challenges for fighter jets to station there” and people.com.cn “Expert: Chinese military force shall go to station on South China Sea islands and reefs to be strictly on guard against U.S. and Japanese harassments” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)


Military Aircraft of Unknown Nationality Circled around Chinese Ship


Ming Pao reports: A military aircraft of unknown nationality circled around the marine research ship “Shiyan 3” of the ChineseAcademy of Science, which has completed its continuous scientific research and inspection operations at Nansha sea area.

In the afternoon, a military aircraft of unknown nationality illegally entered China’s South China Sea area and flew two low circles closely around the ship and then left the ship.