Press release on the first meeting of the Russian-Chinese Commission on the joint verification of two sections of the state border between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China
On April 9-11, the Russian-Chinese Commission on the joint verification of two sections of the state border between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China held its first session in Moscow. Completed in 2008, the demarcation of the state border in the area of Bolshoi Island on the Argun River and Bolshoi Ussuriysky Island on the Amur River is now subject to an official assessment.
The session was held in a friendly and business-like atmosphere. The parties signed core legal and technical documents, which are required for a joint survey of the border, and approved a schedule for the verification. When conducting border surveys, the parties will be guided by the principles of mutual respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity, the invariability of the border line established during demarcation.
The regular inspection of the Russia-China border is executed under the November 9, 2006 agreement signed by the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Russia-China state border regime in order to record any changes in the relief which may have occurred under the influence of natural or manmade factors.
On the sidelines of the session, a meeting of the Joint Russian-Chinese Topographical Group was held to discuss the technical aspects of conducting an assessment of the border on the ground.