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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chinese New Territory from Tajikistan

“Having got rid of this ‘headache,’ Tajikistan ensured its stability and the inviolability of its borders on the part of China for decades to come,” Sukhrob Sharipov, the director of the Tajik presidential center for strategic research, stated (Times of Central Asia 14 January 2011). As the third largest country (9.6 million sq. km.) in the world, China got another 1,000 square kilometer from Tajikistan (about 0.77% of its territory) which agreed to cede a 130-year-long disputed territory on 14 January 2011. The Tajik-Chinese border protocol was signed in 2002, and ratified by Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament on 12 January 2011. Historically, the territorial dispute at first between the Tsarist Russia and China, then between the Soviet Union and China, later between Tajikistan and China over some 28,500 square kilometers in the Pamir mountain range in the second half of the 19th century (Right Vision News 14 January 2011). In return, China relinquishing claims over 28,000 square kilometers of Tajik lands. This agreement will promote further expansion of Tajikistan’s ties with China. Japan should learn from Tajikistan if Japan wants to territorial settlement peacefully.

Source: In further information regarding this issue, see Central Asian Newswire (access date: 4 March 2011).

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