WS: SINO-SOVIET TALKS MAKE NO HEADWAY

Created: 11/14/1969

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The WEEKLY SUMMARY, issued evety Friday morning by the Office of Current Intelligence, reports and analyzes"significant developments of the week through noon on Thursday. Itincludes material coordinated with or prepared by the Office of Economic Research, the Office of Strategic Research, and lhe Directorate of Science and Technology. Topicsmore comprehensive treatment and therefore publishedas Special Reports are listed In the contents pages.

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SINO-SOVTET TALKS MAKE NO HEADWAY

' The Slno-Soviet negotiations in Peking have entered their fourth week with no indication of evenagreement. Both sides are making seriousto continue the talks, however.

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Sino-Soviet Talks Hake no Headway

Sino-Soviet negotiations in Peking have entored their fourth week with no indication of even preliminary agreement. The Chinese, concerned over the Soviet military build-up on the border, appear to be pressing hardirm preliminaryon military disengagement in disputed areas in order to avert further conflicts. Such an accord would satisfy most of Peking's objectives in advance of the talks byhi na's reasonablenessthe threat of Sovietjeopardy to China's long-standing politi--cal and territorial claims against the USSR.

The Soviets apparentlyto pressomprehensive settlement that would help remove the border issue from the list of fundamental Sino-Soviet Moscow is fully aware of its present political andadvantage over China, and may be withholding agreementactical military disengagementroader agreement onterritorial issues is reached. The Soviets apparently also want to link any agreement on border problems with steps leading to some normalization of state relations.*

Although the Sovietsmaintained an optimistic

public attitude regarding the talks, several Russian politicaljournalists indicated last week to US officials that the Soviets were finding the going difficult in Peking. They speculated that the Chinese'were using the talks to "gain time" and to. lullSSR with false hopes ofrelations. Aficial in Tokyo has also sug-ges ted that pessimismsome Soviet diplomatic .circles, primarily over the belief that the Chinese may insist onin the "unequalue." Meanwhile, the Chinese have taken steps to publicize, their version of theong Kong Communist newspaperof progress in Peking to Moscow's desire to negotiate from-aof strength and strongly reiterated the Chinese contention that an agreement to calm the frontier must precedeon substantive issues.

Despite the initialneither side has shown any desire to break off the talks and both are making serious efforts to continue negotiations.

each delegation are meetingin an effort to break the current deadlock. Moreover, each side continues to mute propaganda attacks against the other, and some limited progress has been

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made toward establishing more cordial diplomaticSoviet. President Podgorny,ng last weekd anniversary, ofhe Russianxpressed the hope that the talks would help to normalize relations between the two countries. The Chinese sent unusually warm anniversaryto the Soviets this year, and-high-ranking-Chines er-pfdelegation to the Peking talks, attended the Soviet Embassyiversary reception in Peking for the first time since the start .'.f the Cultural Revolution.

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