14th September 2010, 12:28 AM
China - Japan
According to Wiki, ....
"Similarly, there may have been significant movements for Okinawan independence following its annexation, in the period prior to and during World War II. Following the war, the United States Occupation government took over control of Okinawa, and Roosevelt told Chiang Kai-shek that he wants to returns Ryukyu to China twice, but Chiang Kai-shek turned down this proposal for many reasons. "
If he did not turn it down repeatedly, there will be no dispute now as to who owns the islands.
Now the islands apparently found to have oil.
And worse... an outward island may decide how far China owns the sea in between.
"Japan took Liuqiu Islands (Okinawa) from China by force in 1874. When China lost its war with Japan over Korea, China was forced to cede Taiwan to Japan in 1895. At that time, Diaoyu Islands were ceded to Japan along with Taiwan. When Japan was defeated at the end of World War II, Japan was forced to give up all the territories it took from China by force, which included Liuqiu and Taiwan, as part of Japan's unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces.
Chiang Kai-shek, president of the Republic of China, who was the sole leader of China at the time, was preparing for its ultimate showdown with the Chinese Communist Party, and did not want to be burdened with the occupation of Liuqiu Islands. He declined Roosevelt's invitation to occupy Liuqiu twice. But he agreed to take Taiwan back. "
Last edited by ricohflex; 15th September 2010 at 11:00 PM.