On October 14, half of Heixiazi Island (lit. black blind island) was transferred from Russia to China, completing the last piece of the border settlement pact signed by the two countries in the mid-1990’s. Back in the day, Jiang Zemin took a lot of heat for signing this, because it was felt by some that China had lost a claim on the much larger Sixty-Four Villages area of Qing-era Outer Manchuria.
A similar river island in the area, Zhenbao Island (lit. treasure island), was a site of the Sino-Soviet battles along multiple points of the shared border in the 1960’s. In any case, with the compromise solution on Hexiazi Island, people are looking forward to amicable development. Property prices have risen, a railroad connecting to the Trans-Siberian is planned, a major port for Northeast China is envisioned. All around a good situation and a model for settling other sensitive issues. See, who says China cannot settle disputes peacefully?
So, after a decade of diplomacy with all the dozen or so of its neighbors, China’s only unsettled land border is with India. That one does not appear to be moving in the right direction though, with India recently on a plan to reactivate airbases in response to what she calls “incursions”. Now there is a country with perpetual border issues.