WS: STALEMATE IN PEKING IRRITATES MOSCOW

Created: 3/20/1970

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STALEMATE IN PEKING IRRITATES MOSCOW

The Peking talks are entering their sixth month with no signs of progress and Moscow, seeing no hope for improvement, is showing impatience.

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Stalemate in Peking

Moscow

Peking talks are entering thair sixth month with no signs of progress. Moscow, seeing no hope for improvement, is evidencingwith the stalemate. ASS statement onarch put on record Moscow's denial of rumors that the Soviet Union is engaged in "major militaryin preparation for anon China. Though theappears designed to refutecharges that the Soviets are forcing them to negotiate underpressure, it backhandedly serves to remind Peking that Moscowilitary option despite its commitmentolitical

Peking, by contrast, hasa comparatively low-keyed political posture in recent weeks, presumably in order to countercharges of Chinese and to avoid giving thea pretext for downgrading or suspending the talks. In addition, recant indicators point to some Chinese uneasiness over possible developments if the border talks collapse. Last week, forhinese broadcast highlighted in unusually grim detail the "present danger" of nuclear war, and recently, Chinese officials abroad haveefforts to get information on Soviet military strength andalong the border.

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disavow them and Soviet propaganda claiming that its border forces aretate of "constant readiness" indicates that Moscow remainswith the unsettlad situation on the frontier.

Recent movements in Sino-UShave irked the Soviets, who have charged the Chinese withto use the Warsaw talks to gain "an upper hand" in the Peking negotiations. Although the Soviets probably think an immediate Sino-US rapprochement unlikely, they clearly resent Peking's successful efforts to break out of its diplomatic

Despite the misgivings, thepublicly and privately stress their intention to continue tho talks. They are communicating their side of the dispute to other Communistand have apparently pressed their East European allies to engagenified anti-Chlnoso propaganda campaign. Private Soviot statements attesting to patience in the face of alleged Chinese provocation may be an effort, however, to lay thefor eventual adoptioness restrained policy toward China.

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