WR: SINO-SOVIET BORDER CONFRONTATION EASES

Created: 3/28/1969

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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 since ly March, and the situation there appears to havo stabilized.

ment on the border situation was being prepared that wouldillingness to discuss broader boundary demarcation problems as wellolution to theover the disputed island

the past week,has shown little interest in continuing propagandaof the border conflict, and probably believes it has alreacytrong case regarding ownership of the island. Chinese commentary on the clashes has all but ended and there have been no anti-Soviet demonstrations in China for almost two weeks.

Soviet propaganda output is still voluminous with the accent largely on patriotic themes. There isinthift in focus from the disputed island to the larger issue of border Onarch twonewsmen privately informed US Embassy officialstate-

Although no statement has yet come forth, Kcscow mightillingness to negotiate intoropaganda Tho 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. B

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