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Beijing details historic claim to South China Sea

POTSHERDS and obscure publications: These are at the heart of a detailed list of ‘historical evidence’ being used to justify Beijing’s claim of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.

The China Daily timeline infographic, republished by Chinese news service Xinhuanet, reaches back as far as the 21st century BC, claiming pearls, shells and turtles from the South China Sea had been presented as tribute to the rulers of the Zhou Dynasty.

Han Dynasty pottery shards dating from 206BC were found on Taiping Island (in the Spratley chain), the graphic claims, while documents dating from as early as 280AD refer to a sea known as “Zhanghai” being mapped and patrolled.

The collection of nine panels goes on to list a series of obscure modern international publications as recognising China’s claims, as well as a selection of 1960s and 70s Vietnamese reference books using Chinese names for some islands and uninhabited reefs and shoals between the two nations.

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The article then goes on to ridicule and trivialize the historical data provided.

So let us go back to the Cairo Convention, signed at the end of WW2 by the allies, who all agreed that those islands, occupied by Japan during the war, did belong to China.

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