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Chinese activists' campaigns for Diaoyu Islands

08-18-2012 08:54 BJT

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In 1951, Japan and the United States illegally signed a treaty in San Francisco without the presence of China, which was one of the victor countries in the Second World War.

Although Article Two of the treaty said that Japan surrendered its claim over Taiwan and the Peng-hu islands, Article Three wrongly assigned the Diaoyu islands, which Japan had stolen from China, and other islands, to the Ryu-kyu zone which was under U.S. control. Since the 1970s, Chinese activists have launched campaigns to assert territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.

In April 1971, some two and a half thousand Chinese people demonstrated in Washington D.C. the US capital, to claim territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. Over the next year there were more than two hundred demonstrations.

On September the 15th, 1996, more than ten thousand people rallied in Hong Kong to protest Japan’s occupation of the Diaoyu Islands.

On September the twenty-sixth, 1996, Japanese warships and fighter planes intercepted a fishing vessel carrying 17 Hong Kong activists including Chen Yuxiang. Chen Yuxiang and other five activists drowned trying to swim to the Diaoyu Islands. And on October the 7th the same year, Taiwan’s activists in more than a thousand fishing vessels started from Keelung City and succeeded in landing on the Diaoyu Islands and waved the Chinese flag on the Islands.

On June the twenty-third, 2003, 15 Chinese activists from the mainland and Hong Kong arrived in the western sea area of the Diaoyu Islands. It was the first non-governmental campaign launched by mainland.

On March the twenty-fourth, 2004, seven activists including Feng Jinhua succeeded in landing on the islands -- the first successful landing by activists from the mainland.

On June the fifteenth, 2008, twelve Taiwan activists went to the Diaoyu Islands to claim territorial sovereignty. They were escorted by Taiwan navy frigates. The activists in the fishing vessel made a return voyage after sailing smoothly in a circle around the islands.

On September the thirteenth, 2010, two Taiwan activists were intercepted by Japanese warships as they sailed around the Diaoyu Islands.

On July the third, this year, Taiwan activists including Huang Xilin sailed from New Taipei City to the Diaoyu Islands. Although the activists’ vessel was escorted by frigates, they were intercepted by Japanese warships 1.7 nautical miles from the islands on July the fourth.

And on August the fifteenth, Hong Kong activists successfully landed on the Diaoyu Islands where they planted the Chinese flag.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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