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Old 2012-08-22, 18:42   Link #23042
Ithekro
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Originally Posted by Xellos-_^ View Post
both China and Taiwan made a claim in the 1970s.

At which point the Japanese claim was likely considered stronger, or had already taken effect.

However the islands are still disputed and the United States usually ignores the situation as long as the Chinese don't come to claim it with their military. At that point I would think both the Americans and Japanese would be upset by the move...Taiwan probably as well.

The likely reason it was not given to Taiwan is because it is officially considered part of China since the early 1970s and thus giving it to Taiwan would be giving it to China (by default) or it would cause an international incident if the Chinese get upset by more "official" recognization of Taiwan as an independance country that is not "China". So it goes to Japan.
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