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a Historical Link between the Middle Kingdom and the Ryukyu People

12 May 2013
 

An annual parade in Ryukyu Islands (also known as Okinawa, 琉球岛) reflects its special historical link with the Middle Kingdom - China. The locals carry the royal saddens with figures of royal couple dressed in traditional Chinese costume

Okinawa used to be an independent Ryukyu Kingdom
This is the Homepage of Independent Ryukyu Kingdom
Let's get rid of the alien rule from the US military forces and Japan

Despite the Japanese government protested over China's version of Ryukyu Islands' history, the version presented by China, nevertheless, is the historical fact, reported the Ryukyu Times on Friday.

"Ryukyu intellectuals all have a Chinese name, which is an attempt to maintain their cultural link with both China and Japan and reflect a history of peaceful co-existence with the both countries," said Hamashita, former Director of Archaeological Center of Okinawa Prefecture, who has a Chinese name "孙中路”.

However, historically Ryukyu's co-existence with its selfish and violent neighbour Japan was never a peaceful one.

Ryukyu has a history as an independent kingdom for more than a thousand years with a close cultural, political and military ties to the Middle Kingdom. In fact, a great number of the local residents are Chinese descendents with their ancestors initially migrated from China's Fujian Province.

A scene in Ryukyu (Okinawa): Chinese national flags are placed along side with slogans demanding to shut down the US military bases in Ryukyu Islands

Yet a proud kingdom was destroyed abruptly in 1879 when Japanese invaded Ryukyu and turned it into a second class prefecture of Japan.

According to Potsdam Declaration (Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender) that was jointly released by the United State, China and Britain on July 26 1945 and later became the foundation of Japanese Constitution, "Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine, as had been announced in the Cairo Declaration in 1943".

And the Cairo Declaration announced that all the territories Japan has taken from China such as Manchuria (Dongbei), Formosa (Taiwan), and the Pescadores (Penghu), shall be restored to China, and Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed. And Ryukyu Island IS the territory that was seized by Japan through military conquest thus must be relinquished without condition.

When Japanese government learned that it had to give up all occupied territories, including Ryukyu, it conducted a genocidal massacre in the islands in which 260,000 Ryukyu people died, that is the second largest mass execution of civilians by Japanese army during the WWII. The biggest mass murder occurred in Nanjing.

Since the United States illegally helped Japan to take over the Ryukyu Islands again 27 years after Japan's retreat from the territory following its unconditioned surrender, the locals are once again condemned to a life of second class citizen, and the resistant movement against Japanese rule and the US military presence has never ceased in the past 40 years.

In 2006, Ryukyu independence movement issued a jointed statement "Ryukyu Independence Declaration".

 
 
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