WS: PEKING TALKS APPARENTLY STALEMATED BUT CONTINUING

Created: 11/28/1969

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Peking talks Apparently stalemated But continuing

Sino-Soviet border talks in Peking continue amid increasing signs chat the two sides are at loggerheads. The original air of careful optimism presented byofficials has dissipated, and the first public break in Soviet silence on the difficulties at the talks has appeared.

Responding to guestionsublic lecture in Moscow onpeaker from the Kovosti press agency said that the Chinese had adopted an "unreasonableand that they apparently had no desire for positive results from the talks. Although this statement was not picked up bymedia, it echoes opinionsprivately by other Soviet oflicials.

Indicationstalemate have also been received from tho Chinese side. The NCNA bureau chief in Moscow reportedlyestern newsman that the articleong Kong newspaper earlier this month claiming that the talks wore stalemated was correct, and that earlier publictypical lie." Thealso used the occasion ofh anniversary of theof Sino-Albanian relations onovember to launch theirpropaganda attacks on Moscow since the talks began. eople's Sally editorial attacked "Soviet revisionist social-imperialism" for stepping up war preparations.

hinese vice minister ofaffairstinging attack on the Soviets at aat the Albanian Embassy.

it is not known what opocific issues are creating the deadlock, but the different approaches of tho two sides to the talks areajor factor. The Chinese appear to be primarily interested in some sort of formal military stand-down in disputed areas that would leave their charges and claims against the Russians intact, while the Soviets seen toegotiatedof the conflicting claims over the areas in dispute.

The talks are continuing, and each side is probably reluctant to break them off. officials continue privately to express concern over the Soviet military presence along the border, and must feel somewhat easier about Soviet intentions while the talks are in progress. Having made aeffort to get the Chinese to the conference table, the Soviets are obviously reluctant to quitresults. The talks could drag on for some time, therefore, eventate of deadlock.

Regardless of the difficulties at the conference table, each side apparently is persevering in itsto keep the border quiet. No significant border incidents have been reported since August.

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