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December 30th, 2013
Old China Maps Have No Mention of Diaoyu

Maps created by Chinese government-affiliated publishers after the 1949 establishment of the People’s Republic of China and until July 1971 had no reference to Diaoyu, the Chinese name of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Jiji Press learned Sunday. China started to claim the islands as its own in 1971. But the name Diaoyu was not found in domestic maps produced by China’s state surveying and mapping bureau before then. Read More