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Tielieketi (Chinese: 铁列克提) is located in Yumin County in Xinjiang, the People's Republic of China, adjacent to the border with Kazakhstan. The name comes from the Terekty River, an intermittent stream which flows China to Kazakhstan.

Tielieketi Incident

The Tielieketi military incident between Soviet and Chinese border troops (known in Soviet sources as "the border conflict near Lake Zhalanashkol" (Russian: пограничный конфликт у озера Жаланашколь) occurred on August 13, 1969 during the Sino-Soviet split. The Soviet force eliminated a squadron of about 30 Chinese soldiers, capturing four.[1]

Soviet sources allege the August 13 clash between Soviet border guards and a Chinese force happened after persistent violation of the Chinese-Soviet border by Chinese soldiers starting the previous night. According to these sources, the Chinese military unit which took part in the incident was equipped with cameras and a professional video camera.[2]


After the Soviet Union dissolved in 1990s, Tielieketi was administered by Kazakhstan[citation needed]. In 1999, China and Kazakhstan signed a joint declaration[citation needed] to resolve their long-term border issues, and Tielieketi was ceded to China.


Coordinates: 45°35′00″N 82°17′00″E / 45.5833333°N 82.2833333°E / 45.5833333; 82.2833333

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