Russia has given China a stretch of island territory along their eastern border to resolve a centuries-old dispute.
Russia handed China 174 square kilometers of island territory Tuesday in a ceremony on Heixiazi Island, known in Russian as Bolshoi Ussuriysky, near the Russian city of Khabarovsk, at China's far northeastern tip.
Russia turned over half of Heixiazi as well as Tarabarov (known as Yinlong in Chinese) to China. The islands are near the confluence of the Amur (Heilongjiang) and Ussuri rivers, and make up just a fraction of the countries' 43-hundred-kilometer border.
Russia and China fought bloody battles over the islands in the 1960s.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman (Qin Gang) hailed the peaceful resolution of the dispute as an example for the international community. He said it proves that peaceful dialogue can be effective.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the countries have fostered closer military and economic relations.