An open letter to President Nixon and members of the Congress
Full Page Ad. The New York Times, Sunday, May 23 1971
We write to call your attention to the violation of Chinese sovereignty over the Tiao Yu Tai islands by the Japanese and Liu Chiu (Ryukyu) governments. This took place after a 1968 United Nations geological survey had revealed that the continental shelf in the
The Tiao Yu Tai islands (called "Senkaku" in Japanese) are a group of eight uninhabited islands located about 120 miles northeast of
The extent and depth of their feelings can be illustrated by the actions taken by the Chinese people in the
We therefore ask you to reconsider the
1. Disavow any claims that the Tiao Yu Tai islands are part of the American administered Liu Chiu islands or Nansei Shoto.
2. Recognize Chinese sovereignty over these islands.
3. Censure actions by the Japanese and the Liu Chiu governments which violate Chinese sovereignty and condemn attempts by these governments to resolve the issue through the use of force.
We appeal to you to use your initiative and moral authority to assure that the legitimate rights of the Chinese People will not be sacrificed as an expedient to international politics. Your just action in this matter will improve the prospects for peace in the Pacific area.
Coordinators for the Tiao Yu Tai Open Letters
[Ed note.: Ad was signed by hundreds of faculty members, professionals, and students from U.S. colleges.]