A lost book became an exciting news story for this BBC reporter and he was quite eager to question the existence of this book. Why?
He found a good reason to accuse Chinese media of making up the story to bolster China’s claim to the South China Sea.
Had this BBC reporter bothered to visit the Hainan Provincial Museum, he would have seen ancient navigation guides similar to the old fisherman’s book on public display.
In fact, generations of fishermen living in various harbors in Hainan have relied on such ancient guides to navigate the South China Sea. At least 12 versions of them can be found in museums or fishing villages.
We can lose a book. But we can’t lose a historical fact that South China Sea Islands belong to China.