China and Russia have agreed to end a long-running dispute over demarcating their 43-hundred kilometer border. The foreign ministers of the two countries, Yang Jiechi and Sergei Lavrov, signed the agreement today (Monday) in Beijing.
Lavrov called the agreement a result of compromises that will bring the two countries mutual benefit in building what he called a "friendly neighborhood."
The state-run China Daily newspaper reported that Russia will return Yinlong Island (known as Tarabarov Island in Russian) as well as half of Heixiazi Island (Bolshoi Ussuriysky in Russian) to China. The 174 square kilometers of territory are on China's northeastern border near the Heilongjiang or Amur River.