The East Asia Gazette has a real good article published in regards to the current Scarborough Shoal controversy between the Philippines and China in comparison to the Dokdo issue between Japan and South Korea:
The recent dispute over “illegal fishing” off the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines calls to mind the Dokdo/ Takeshima dispute between Korea and Japan in the East Sea.
Just as the Japanese flaunt historical documents proving the Dokdo islets are Japanese, so too do the Chinese vociferously underline the existence of records proving that the Scarborough Shoal, or “Huangyan Island,” belongs to China. The Chinese claim that the earliest maps charting the territory were drawn up during the Yuan Dynasty, circa 1280 C.E. However, anyone with a humble knowledge of Chinese history is aware of the fact that the Yuan Dynasty corresponds to an epoch when China was ruled by the Mongols–the first non-Han (and thus by definition, non-Chinese) dynasty to rule over the Middle Kingdom. [East Asia Gazette]
Read the rest at the link, but the author does a very good job of showing how ridiculous China’s claim to the Scarborough Shoal along with the rest of the South China Sea is. Maybe the Philippines should offer the Scarborough Shoal to the Mongols just to show how ridiculous the Chinese claims are? ;-)
If the Chinese really want to get into ancient territorial claims I guess they could also offer to hand over a large part of Manchuria back to the Koreans?