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Sino-Soviet Border Confrontation Eases
shooting has beenin the area of theisland in the Ussuri River on the Sino-Soviet border sincearch, and the situation there appears to have stabilized. military attention to this sector of the border has remained higr
The Chi-madeflights along the border onarch.
During the past week, has shown little interest in continuing propagandaof the border conflict, and probably believes it has alreadytrong case regarding ownership of the island. Chinese commentary on the clashes has all but ended and there havo been no anti-Soviet demonstrations in China for almosc two weeks.
Soviet propaganda output is still voluminous with the accent largely on patriotic themes. There isinthift in focus from the disputed island
Although no statement has yet come forth, Moscow mightillingness to negotiate intoropaganda The Russians, however,realize that Peking wouldoviet recognition ofh century treatiesthe present frontiers as "unequal treaties" beforeinto any border hinese Foreign Ministry statement onarch denounced Moscow for refusing to concede this point during the boundary talks esult, any serious dialogue on borderseems unlikely. Spring floods will inundate the islandew weeks and reduce the chance of further clashes.
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