Tajikistan ratifies border agreement with China (2)

08:45, January 14, 2011      

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Xing Guangcheng, an expert with the Research Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that the settlement of the dispute provided a good example for resolving other border issues.

"It is significant because China and Tajikistan reached consensus after peaceful dialogue, showing that compromise is vital in solving border disputes," he said.

Due to historical reasons, China has border issues with a number of its neighbors.

Beijing and Moscow completed the demarcation of their 4,300-kilometer border in 2008, after co-revealing border markers that split the Heixiazi Island (known as the Bolshoi Ussuriysky Island in Russia).

In February 2009, China and Vietnam inaugurated two border stones, the last of 2,000 such markers built during their eight-year land demarcation efforts, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Beijing and New Delhi concluded their 14th round of border talks in November with a joint pledge to "seek a fair and reasonable solution acceptable to both sides," Xinhua reported.

Li Wei, director of the Institute of Security and Strategic Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times that the Sino-Tajik resolution will have a positive impact on other territorial disputes.

"Historical experience has proved that the settlement of territorial disputes by force brings nothing but hatred and worsened discord," he said.

Liu Linlin and Song Shengxia contributed to this story

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