History of Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute

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  • China ceded Taiwan and Diaoyutai Islands to Japan after Sino-Japan War under the Shimonoseki Treaty.

  • Japan surrendered, Taiwan returned to China under Cairo and Potsdom Declarations.

  • The U.S. government administrated Okinawa and the Diaoyutai under San Francisco Treaty

  • The United Nations reported that there might be existing of hydrocarbon deposit in the waters off Diaoyutai

  • The U.S. and Japan signed the Okinawa Reversion Treaty which included Diaoyutai Islands as part of Okinawa

  • More than five thousands students protested against Japan in the United States.

  • The Japanese government claimed sovereignty over Diaoyutai Islands following Chinese government's formal claim

  • Japan established official relationship with China. Two governments agreed to shelve the issue

  • Japan expelled Taiwanese boats operated around the Diaoyutai Islands

  • The Japanese government recognized the lighthouse which was made by the right-wing group in the Diaoyutai Island.

  • China formally protested again Japanese action in Diaoyutai dispute.

  • China passed the territorial sea law, which included the Diaoyutai as part of China's territory

  • Japanese Youth Federation illegally erected another lighthouse. Again, Chinese held even larger activities to protect the Diaoyutai Islands

  • A young man from Hong Kong by the name of David Chan went to Diaoyu Islands on a rented boat named HKS Bao-Diao, flying the national flag of China, in an attempt to claim Chinese sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.

  • Thousands of fishing boats set off from Jilong, Taiwan and successfully reached Diaoyu Islands.

  • Global Chinese Diaoyu Islands Forum was held in Xiamen, China and China Federation of Defend ing Diaoyudao Islands Limited was founded.

  • A group of seven people from mainland China successfully arrived at Diaoyu Islands for the first time.

  • Macao Diaoyutai Action Committee was established

  • Taiwan fishing boat 'United' was stroke by Japanese patrol boats and sank. The captain and two crews were kept by Japanese Government for three days

  • Twelve people from Taiwan set out to Diaoyu Islands to declare sovereignty and went back after a voyage around the islands for a week

  • Chinese Association for protecting Diaoyu Islands was set up in Yonghe, Taiwan

  • The official ocean monitoring ships 45 & 46 from mailand China entered the waters 12 miles around Diaoyu Islands

  • When Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Prime Minister of Japan Asō Tarō, they had a controversy over the sovereignty of Diaoyu Islands

  • People from both mainland China and Hongkong held protests and demonstration outside Japanese Consulates

  • Overseas Chinese from Taiwan, mainland China, Macao and Hongkong gathered in front of Japanese Consulate General in New York, which was the largest local demonstration for the past 20 years

  • World Chinese Federation for the Protection of Diaoyu Islands (WCFPDI) was founded in Hongkong

  • Five members of WCFPDI set off to Diaoyu Islands to declare sovereignty and finally got to the area within Japan's control

  • As a response to Japanese right-wingers' action of landing on the islands, Diaoyu Islands protectors from Hongkong placed national flag of China on these islands

  • Janpanese Government signed the contract of purchasing Diaoyu Islands and nationalized them. Chinese Ocean surveillance ships headed to the waters around these islands and declared sovereignty

  • People in metroplitan cities in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hongkong held protests and demonstrations against Japan

  • As approved by Chinese Sate Council, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Chinese National Bureau of Oeanography published the accurate names and locations of the islands and the waters around them

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    America and Japan held joint military drill in the sea areas around Diaoyu Islands

  • Taiwan Diaoyu Islands Protecting Association planned to send a statue of Matsu to the islands but was obstructed by Japanese official boats on its journey