Abstract：The study of the Ryukyu Islands from the perspective of Britain provides a cognitive framework besides the trilateral narrative model of China, America, and Japan. As an island country with many overseas colonies, Britain actively participated in the disposition process of the Ryukyu Islands, which was the normalization dominated by the US, after the victory of World War Ⅱ. Not only did British agencies abroad comprehensively analyze the disposition of the Ryukyu Islands, but also proposed to delimit the remaining territorial boundaries after Japan abandoned the Ryukyu Islands and other areas by latitude and longitude in the draft version of the Peace Treaty with Japan. The British version of the Peace Treaty have aroused tremendous anxiety and opposition from Japan, which makes sharp historical contrast with Japan's strong demand for latitude and longitude marking upon the reversion of the Ryukyu Islands, and the reason lies in the Diaoyu Islands issue involving disputes over territorial sovereignty. In the process of returning the Ryukyu Islands, the British Embassy in Japan paid close attention to the incident and reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in time, judging that the Diaoyu Islands issue could be the source of future disputes. Such an event sheds light on the UK's recognition of returning the Ryukyu Islands.
陈海懿. 二战后的琉球群岛处置及其“归还”——基于英国视角的考察[J]. 太平洋学报, 2019, 27(7): 55-65.
CHEN Haiyi. Disposition and Reversion of the Ryukyu Islands after World War II: An Investigation from the Perspective of Britain. 太平洋学报, 2019, 27(7): 55-65.