Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact


SDHF Newsletter No.158 More Facts Repudiating China’s Claim

More Facts Repudiating China’s Claim to the Senkaku Islands:
English and German Maps Published before the Sino-Japanese War

February, 2017

We have published essays rejecting China’s claims to the Senkaku Islands a number of times in our Newsletter:

China’s claims are mostly ludicrous from the view point of modern international law. The only claim which is seemingly reasonable is that the Senkakus, as a part of Taiwan, was taken by Japan under the Treaty of Shimonoseki after the first Sino-Japanese War. But as shown by the essay mentioned above, “The Senkaku Islands constitute an Intrinsic Part of Japan,” , the last version of the Qing Huidian (1889), the statutory encyclopedias of the imperial dynasty, contains a map of Taiwan and the islands attached to Taiwan, but none of the islands are the Senkakus. So, the Senkaku Islands have nothing to do with Taiwan.
Two maps were recently found to clearly show that the Senkaku Islands belonged to Japan before the first Sino-Japanese War (1894-95). One was the London Atlas, published in 1887 in Great Britain and the Handatlas, made in 1868 by German master cartographer Adolf Stieler.

China must cease making absolutely ridiculous claims on the Senkaku Islands if she wants to be a normal member of the international community.

Questions are welcome.

MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact