The Diaoyu Islands: A Historical and Legal Study from a Chinese Perspective examines the issue of the Islands in the context of Chinese and Western maritime history, including knowledge and research methods from a wide variety of fields, including linguistics, geography, textual criticism of historical sources, tectonics and the principles of international law that are applied for a holistic and in-depth analysis. In particular, the rigorous analysis of a large number of historical maps is especially valuable as a supplement to the textual sources examined.
- Examines a large number of primary sources relating to the Islands
- Includes information from both textual materials and maps that date from the 15th to the 20th century from China, Japan, Ryukyu and Europe
- Presents professional knowledge and research methods from a wide range of disciplines, such as history and international law
- Provides a large number of valuable maps in the author's personal collection that are presented for the first time in English, with concomitant analysis
Part 2 A study of Chinese maps of the Diaoyu Islands of the Ming and Qing dynasties
Part 3 A study of ancient maps of Ryukyu before the First Sino-Japanese War
Part 4 A study of European maps of the Diaoyu Islands of the Ming and Qing dynasties
Part 5 A study of maps of the Diaoyu Islands drawn after the First Sino-Japanese War
Part 6 Illustrations from An Illustrated Description of Three Countries:
The Map of the 3 Provinces of Ryukyu With Its 36 Affiliated Islands written by Hayashi Shihei
1. A study of the historical facts concerning the Diaoyu Islands as recorded in Shunfeng Xiangsong (Sailing With a Tail Wind)
2. A study of the historical facts of the Diaoyu Islands as recorded in Cefeng Shilu (Records of a Mission to Ryukyu)
3. Textual research and illustrations of the historical evidence of Diaoyu Islands recorded in miscellaneous literature on the Ming and Qing dynasties
4. The origins of the Japanese names "Uotsurishima ??? and "Senkaku Islands ????
5. On the historical delineation of the boundary between China and Ryukyu
6. An analysis of the arguments for Japanese claims regarding territorial sovereignty of Diaoyu Dao Islands
7. San Francisco Peace Treaty (1951) and the sovereignty issue of the Diaoyu Dao Islands
8. Treaty of Taipei and the issue of Diaoyu Dao Islands
9. The China-Japan treaty of peace and friendship and the sovereignty issue of the Diaoyu Dao Islands
10. Sino-Japan Diaoyu Islands dispute and the delimitation of East China Sea continental shelf
Hailin Zheng is Director and Research Fellow, Hong Kong Research Center of Asia-Pacific Studies and President, China Maritime Boundary Research Foundation. Zheng received a Bachelor's degree from Sun Yat-sen University in 1982 and a doctorate in History from Jinan University in 1987. Since 1988, he has held various teaching and research positions at Tokyo University, Kyoto University, Toyo Bunko, The University of Sydney, The University of British Columbia, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, specializing in the history of Sino-Japanese relations and modern Chinese history. He has collected a large volume of literature relating to the Diaoyu Islands, published a number of books and presented over a hundred papers in North America and the greater China area.