What are the territories given on lease (or any other way) by some country to other country currently? Is there such map?

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    Do you mean like "Guantanamo Bay", or "Hong Kong in the 20th century"?
    – James K
    Commented Aug 19, 2019 at 14:18
  • Did you want: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – Roger
    Commented Aug 19, 2019 at 14:22
  • @JamesK yes, like that. I heard, Hambantota (Srilanka) is on lease to China.
    – M14
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 5:36
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    Sri Lanka remains the government authority in Hambantota, even if the Chinese Government has leased some land, so I don't think this is an example.
    – James K
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 5:56
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    Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazachstan maybe?
    – Stančikas
    Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 9:26

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There seems to be only two, if you ignore purely ceremonial leases such as the "JFK Memorial in Runnymead".

Khmeimim Air Base in Syria is leased to the Russian government for a period of 49 years from 2015 to 2064

Guantanamo Bay Base is leased "in perpetuity" by the USA from Cuba.

Both are military facilities with no civilian government.

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    The question has a loose definition of lease ("given on lease (or any other way)"), not a strict definition.
    – Jasper
    Commented Aug 20, 2019 at 16:53
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    There was already a Tartus lease (also for 49 years) approved by the Syrian parliament when you posted this answer. "The logistic facility shall enjoy full immunity from the civil and administrative jurisdiction of Syria." tass.com/defense/926348 That's distinct from the airbase. Also I suspect the list is woefully incomplete. The US had a 10-year least on their Djibouti base signed in 2014 voanews.com/a/… It was probalby extended. Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 1:38
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    Aside from the military-logistic zone, Russian companies also secured a long-term deal (also 49 years) for the management of civilian port zone in Tartus, a bit later france24.com/en/… "the six directors would be split equally between Damascus and Stroytransgaz, but the board's leadership would reserved for the Russian company". Which is probably how most Chinese leases work. So there's the additional grey area of state-owned companies getting long leases. Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 1:47
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    The French and the Chinese bases in Djibouti also seem to come with 10-year leases. Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 1:58
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    Judging by the pre-2009 US SOFA 2001-2009.state.gov/documents/organization/97620.pdf it seems that these Djibouti bases are still governed by Djibouti law [even during the lease], so [officially] not quite in the same bin as the Cuba & Syria ones, but the Q wasn't exactly clear on that angle. Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 2:16

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