In response to the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary’s remarks over the Diaoyu Islands that before the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki the Diaoyu Islands had been part of the Japanese territory, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, on 30 May responded that China once again urges the Japanese side, respect the facts and history, abide by its commitments and earnestly fulfill its international obligations.
According to news reports, on the 29th May the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, said the Diaoyu Islands as early as before the signing of the “Treaty of Shimonoseki” had been Japanese territory, it had been the same before “Potsdam Proclamation”. The clam was based on the “San Francisco Peace Treaty”.
Hong Lei pointed out that the history of Diaoyu Islands issue is clear. In 1895, the Japanese secretly incorporated the Diaoyu Islands into Japanese territory, which was illegal theft.In 1895, the Qing Dynasty was forced to sign the Treaty of Shimonoseki (马关条约) and cede (割让) Taiwan and its Diaoyu Islands and affiliated islands including Diaoyu Islands.