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Chinese and Soviethave again expressed theirto continue the Peking talks despite the lack ofprogress during the past six months. The talks have apparently been in recess since the departure of chief Soviet negotiatorfor the Lenin centenaryin Moscow, but he probably will return to Peking shortly to resume the discussions.
Chairman Mao, in an apparently cordial conversation at the Peking Hay Day ceremonies, told thehead of the Soviet delegation that China wished the talks to"as soon as possible" and gently prodded the Soviets as to when Kuznetsov would return. Premier Kosygin, in hisnews conferenceay, indicated that the Soviets plan to continue the talks, and voiced the opinion that both sides wereinettlement.
Despite these relativelycomments, however,on both sides have flatly stated that no significant progress has yet been made. Kuznetsov him-
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