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Sino-Soviet border talks in Poking continue amid increasing signs that the two sides are at loggerheads. The original air of careful optimism presented byofficials hu dlAaipetea, end the first public break in Soviet silence on the difficulties at the
talks has appeared.
Responding to questionsublic lecture in Moscowpeaker from the Novosti press agency said that tho Chinese had adopted an "unreasonableand that they apparently had no desire for positive results frttSTlhe talks. Although this statement was not picked upt-echoes opinionsprivately by other Soviet officials.
talemate have also been received from the Chinese side. The NCNA bureau chief in Moscow reportedlyestern newsman that the articleong Kong newspaper earlier this month claiming that the talks were 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 Daily editorial attacked "Soviet revisionist social-imperialism" for stopping up war preparations.
hinese vice minister ofign affairstinging attack on the Soviets at aat the Albanian Embassy.
It is not known what specific issues are creating the deadlock, but the different approaches ofwo sides to the talksajor 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.Russians intact, while the Soviets seem toegotiated'of the conflicting claims over the' areas in dispute.
Tho talks are continuing,and each side is probably reluctant to break them off. officials continue
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, oventate 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
beer, reported since August.
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