Tokyo: A Chinese government document from 1950 appears to refute the country’s current claim to the Senkakus by indicating the islets are part of Japan`s territory and referring to them by their Japanese name, a report has said.
In the 10-page document, China refers to the East China Sea islets by their Japanese name, instead of Diaoyu, as they are now called by Beijing.
It also describes them as part of the Ryukyu Islands, or modern-day Okinawa, the Japan Times reports.
According to the report, it is the first official evidence showing that China, or the Communist Party, previously acknowledged the Senkakus were under Japan`s jurisdiction, and failing to lay any sort of claim to their sovereignty.
The report runs counter to Beijing`s present assertion that the islets, which were effectively nationalized by Japan in mid-September, are affiliated with Taiwan and are thus an inherent part of Chinese territory.
According to the paper, the document, found stored in the Chinese Foreign Ministry`s archives, presents a draft outline of problems arising from sovereignty disputes with other nations, as well as China`s contentions tied to a planned peace treaty with Japan.
It was completed on May 15, 1950, about 7½ months after the Communist Party founded the People`s Republic of China, the paper said.