This Monday, following on from the 70th Victory Day anniversary commemorations, China opened its first museum dedicated to PRC sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.
The museum is mostly just a gallery of images, but the State Oceanic department intends to establish a permanent memorial with multimedia exhibits. Perhaps they’re thinking something along the lines of this recent Tencent CGI war video, which shows the PLA invading an unknown island.
The museum is situated on Liugong Island in Weihai, Shandong province. Similar exhibitions have taken place in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, and die-hard patriots can even bop on over to Beijing to dine at a Diaoyu-themed restaurant before picking up some novelty mugs at a “Protect the Diaoyu Islands” store in Hebei.
The photo of party heavyweights attending the first tour of the museum clearly shows a wall mural with residents of the ROC and PRC on either side of the water waving flags at one another.
The Diaoyu Islands, or Senkaku Islands as they are known in Japan, are a disputed territory claimed not only by the PRC and Japan, but also the ROC in Taiwan. The heated territorial debate frequently makes news, most recently with Beijing’s beef over the new Japanese high school textbooks claiming the region. Most likely, this will not be the last we hear of the dispute.
By Daniel Cunningham