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SINO-SOVIET TALKS RESUME INAUSPICIOUSLY IN PEKING ecause of the virulence of recent Chinese polemical assaults on the USSR, Soviet diplomats in Peking are loss sanguine than before about prospects for early progress in discussions, which resumed this week.
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second round of theborder talks opened this week accompanied by rising propaganda exchangeshinly veiled war of nerves. Soviet delegation head Kuznetsov returned to Pekinganuary and talks reportedlythree days later. Unlike his reception last October, Xuznetsov was met at the airport by only, lower ranking members of thedelegation, almost certainly because the Chinese wanted tonstrate their unhappinessalf week stay in Moscow. The announcement by the New"China" News Agency his departure last month hadstated that-he would be goneeek.
Kuznetsov's arrival was-by strident Chinesecal assaults against Moscow,designed to show that Peking's resolve had not lessened and that it would continue its tough stance at the talks. An authoritative editorial onecember denounced Soviet party leader Brezhnev by name for the first time since the Chou-Kosygin meeting in September. On the very eve of the resumption of the talks, hcka once again blasted the Soviet leadership,it of pursuing policies of nuclear blackmail.
For its part, Moscow relaxed its own polemical restraint and, while not matching Peking'sattacked China more openly and directly than at any time since the talks began. In addition, soice of the more vicious anti-Mao
propaganda tracts, which hadfrom Moscow's bookstores after the Kosygin-Chou meeting, are reported to be reappearing. Theprobably intend that Peking should interpret the shiftign that their patience with the lack of progress is wearing thin. .
The resumption of Sovietevenessthan before the talksalso be intended toSoviet domestic audiencethe negotiations do notacceptable conclusion. Peking indicate that Sovietthere have been taken abackvirulence of the recentassaults, and appearthan before aboutfor early progress in.**
Kuznetsov reportedly will be making new efforts to move tho talks along but there has been no hint that either side is ready to give on matters of principle. AinHungary's party journal Nepsza-bad probably reflected Moscow's view when it warned against "exaggerated expectations" for the negotiations, but indicated that the talks would be considered useful even if they resulted onlyessation ofincidentso some extent" of relationsthe two states. Although the talks do appear to have contributed to the cessation of border clashes, relations between the two countries have yet to
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