A new Chinese history textbook will stress that the disputed Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture have been part of China since ancient times, according to the Global Times, a newspaper affiliated with the Communist Party of China.

With China Coast Guard ships active around the Japanese-administered islands, claimed as Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai by Taiwan, the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping may look to further strengthen China’s territorial claims, pundits said.

China claims the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea are an indivisible part of its territory.

The new textbook for high schoolers to be used from September will likely include historical explanations of the Senkaku Islands based on interpretations by the Chinese side, including one that the Ming dynasty ruled the islands, the newspaper’s Friday edition said.

According to experts involved in drawing up the textbook, they will aim to form the correct understanding of history by strengthening education on territorial integrity.

The textbook will also stress that the South China Sea and the Xinjiang Uighur and Tibet autonomous regions, as well as Taiwan, were parts of ancient China.

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