WS: THE PEKING-MOSCOW OF WORDS

Created: 4/24/1970

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The Peking-Moscow War of Words

upsurge of Chineseattacks against Moscow over the past week suggests that fundamental disagreement over border problems continues to block substantial progress at the Peking talks. The Chinese directly blasted theover the frontier dispute for the first time since the talks began and accused Moscow ofon Chinese territory and of making nuclear threats against China.

The revived Chinese attacks appear to discredit reportsthis month that there had been some progress at theew reports had suggested, for example, that Moscow had made some token troop withdrawals from the border. Recent Chinese charges of Soviet "encroachment" along the frontier, however, seem tothat theseindeed they did takenot sufficient to meetilitary pullback from all sectors of the border.

The Chinese have chosen to focus their new charges directly against the Brezhnev leadership in order to discredit the Kremlin chiefs during Moscow's widely touted Lenin centenary At the same time, therecriminations clearly testify

to Peking's unwillingness to remain silent in the face of Moscow'ssharp attacks against China.peech at the Lenin centennial celebrations this week, for example, Soviet party chief Brezhnev placed full blame on Peking for thedispute and charged that China's "nationalistic policy" was undermining Communist unity.

It is unclear whether thesepolemics will interfere with the reported Sino-Soviet agreement to exchange ambassadors.

nese have finally agreed toaccept SovietVladimir Stepakov and have named an ambassador of their own. There still has been noof this from either Soviet or Chinese officials, however.

Meanwhile, chief SovietKuznetsov has returned to Moscow, ostensibly for thecelebrations. The absence of official announcements of hisfrom Peking or his arrival in Moscow suggests that neither side views his visit as an immediateto his possible withdrawal from the talks.

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