border review | 30 July 2011

Border revisions in Central Asia

Stephen Blank (China Brief vol.11, issue 14) on the tendency that the PRC seeks to renegotiate its Central Asian borders demarcated during the 1990s.

In the last several years, we see repeated instances of China “rectifying” these border treaties, primarily, but not exclusively, with Central Asian states, to reclaim previously conceded territory. At the time of the original treaties, China’s position had been quite concessionary.  The most recent example of this process is the Sino-Tajik agreement that was ratified in January 2011.  This agreement—allegedly based on a prior accord between the two governments in 2002 that was reiterated in 2010—cedes about 1,000 square kilometers, or about one percent of Tajikistan, in the sparsely populated Pamir Mountains to China.

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