In a letter to the ST forum on 8 June, Ms Tsai Chi Yuan of the Taiwan’s Representative Office in Singapore spelt out clearly some of the facts as hard proof that the South China Sea islands that the Americans and the West were claiming in support of some upstart countries as ‘disputed territories’ were clearly under the control of Taiwan since the 1930s. And these facts are well know to the world, especially the Americans and the western powers but conveniently and mischievously refused to remember and talk about.
The years, 1930s are important as before these dates, countries like the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia were all non countries. They were colonies of the Americans, French/Japanese and the British and were busy fighting for their independence as resistance and nationalist forces.
Below are some of the facts stated by Ms Tsai:
‘Whether from the perspective of history, geography or international law, the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, Shisha (Paracel) Islands, Chungsha Islands (Macclesfield Bank) and Tungsha (Pratas) Islands, as well as their surrounding waters, are an inherent part of Taiwan's territory and waters.
When France attempted to occupy nine of the Shisha and Nansha islands in 1931 and 1933 during its colonisation of Annam (known today as Vietnam), Taiwan responded to this challenge by ordering its embassy in France to issue statements of sovereignty.
On April 29, 1930, at the Far Eastern Meteorological Conference in Hong Kong, the Taiwan-operated observatory in Tungsha Islands was acknowledged as the most important in the South China Sea. The Philippine representative for the Manila Observatory's suggestion that Taiwan set up meteorological observatories on the Shisha and Chungsha islands to enhance navigation safety was also passed unanimously….the International Civil Aviation Organisation's conference in Manila on Oct 27, 1955, a resolution was passed for Taiwan to provide weather reports on the Tungsha, Shisha and Nansha islands….
After World War II, with assistance from the Allies, Taiwan took formal possession in 1946 of South China Sea islands formerly seized by Japan.
The San Francisco Peace Treaty, which entered into force on April 28, 1952, and the Treaty of Peace between Taiwan and Japan signed on the same day, reaffirmed that the South China Sea territories occupied by Japan should be returned to Taiwan.’
The above are hard facts and proof that Taiwan was administering these islands then. And Taiwan is part of China under Chiang Kai Shek that claimed to rule the whole of China as the Republic of China until the PRC replaced the ROC in the UN in 1971.
And there are many more historical records of the Ming and Qing Dynasty’s rule and administration of these islands. Nothing further need to be said about the hypocrisies of the counter claims by non nations that only became nations after the end of World War 2. They were non countries, irrelevant legal entities. No rights to claim island in the South China Sea.
Why did the Americans refused to acknowledge these historical facts? Why are they so dishonest and dishonourable and mischievous?