WR: SINO-SOVIET BORDER REMAINS UNEASY

Created: 3/21/1969

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SINO-SOVIET BORDER REMAINS UNEASY

Neither Moscow nor Peking appears ready to back down on the issue of the disputed island in the Ussuri River. An engagement onarch may have involved more men than the initial clash, but was not as bloody.

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Sino-Soviet Border Remains Uneasy

moscow nor peking appears ready to back down on the issue of the disputed island in the ussuri river. anonarch may havemore men than the initial clash but was not as bloody. there have been artillerysince, with casualties, if any, unreported. sovietflights along the border remainigh level and both sides have probably moved reinforcements to the immediate area of the island. there is no evidence, however, that either is planning to escalate the level of conflict or widen it to other disputed areas.

although the circumstances around the dispute remainit appears' from available evidence that the chinesethe initial clash. peking may haveite to which it believes its legal claim is strong. chinese propaganda since the encounters lest weekend has emphasized peking's contention that the island is "chineseaccording to internationalecause it lies on china's side of the river's main channel. the chinese have chided moscow for its failure to disclose fully its legal claim. moscow has claimed that maps appended to the treatyhich set the present boundaries, show theas soviet territory, but has not yet produced sucheking hasap which seems to back its claim.

the soviets have apparentlyat least stronglyisland since the initial clash. the engagement onarch was probably aeffort to contest that the island is likely tocene of conflict until both sides retire from it and leave itthe normal state of numerousislands in the amur andrivers. the soviets,have charged that the had occupied the island in preparation for the incidentarch, and they may believe that it is now necessary tohow of strength in the island area to demonstrate that they cannot bo intimidated. when the ice breaks in the spring thaw, normally about mid-april, the matter of control may become most of the island will probably bo under water.

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incident by calling on government and foreign ministry heads around the world betweenndarch. This effort was apparently anto emphasize the gravity Moscow attributed to the affair and co stress Russian innocence.

By charging the Chinese withand expansionism, Moscow may also have hoped to deter the recognition or expandedwith China that several of the governments have been

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