Origins of Japanese-Chinese Territorial Dispute, The: Using Historical Records to Study the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Issue
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Most books on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute between China and Japan are authored by either Chinese who argue that the islands belong to China or by Japanese who contend that the islands are rightfully Japan’s. This book is the first of its kind ? by a Japanese who supports China’s claim or vice versa.
Written by one of the foremost historians on Sino ? Japanese relations, Tadayoshi Murata, Professor Emeritus from Japan’s Yokohama National University, delves into the Japanese archives and uncovers evidence that shows Japan’s ownership of the disputed islands is historically untenable. Given the current impasse surrounding the islands, Professor Murata suggests, as a way out, the two sides jointly manage the disputed territories based on mutual understanding.
It is a must-read for those interested in Sino ? Japanese relations, especially the history of the disputed islands, and the future of the two countries.