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Bloomberg June 3, 2005

China, Russia Agree on Border After 40 Years of Talks

By Allen T. Cheng

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- China and Russia reached a final agreement yesterday on their eastern border, putting an end to 40 years of negotiations, China's foreign ministry said according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, exchanged documents ratified by their parliaments agreeing to share the last area of disputed land and a group of islands totaling 375 square kilometers, Xinhua said. China and Russia share a 4,300-kilometer-long border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said ``compromises'' were necessary to find a solution acceptable to the Russian Federation's interests, Xinhua said. China's top legislature ratified the agreement on April 27. The document was approved by Russia's State Duma on May 20 and was passed by the Russian Federation Council five days later.

China and Russia have been in disagreement on their border since at least the 19th century when the Russians started encroaching on areas claimed by the Chinese along the eastern section, according to the GlobalSecurity.org Web site. Border clashes occurred in 1969 after relations between the two deteriorated a decade earlier, according to the Web site.

Border negotiations that started in 1964 were resumed in 1969, the Web site said.

China and Russia will hold joint military exercises this year, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Dec. 13 last year. The report didn't give the date of the exercises.

 


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