BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government's white paper on the Diaoyu Islands has presented ample historical facts to support China's sovereignty claim over the territory, scholars worldwide agree.
The white paper, widely reported by leading newspapers across the world, was issued "at the right time and sent several important messages to the international community regarding the current crisis surrounding the islands," Peter J. Li, associate professor of East Asia Politics at University of Houston, told Xinhua.
The white paper "shows with strong historical data that China, as the first to name the islands and exercise administration, has an unquestionable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands," Li said.
Meanwhile, the white paper informed the international community that Japan's claim of sovereignty over the islands was unfounded, Li said.
"The islands had been never part of Japan. Its acquisition of the administrative right over the islands in 1972 was not legal," he said.
The white paper also indicated the United States was responsible for the recent flare-up of tension between China and Japan over the islands, Li said.
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