WS: SINO-SOVIET BORDER CONFRONTATION EASES

Created: 3/28/1969

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sino-soviet border confrontation eases

shooting has beanin the area-of the dis- -putod island in the Ussuri River on the Sino-Soviet border sincearch, and the situation there appears to have stabilized.

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 nave beer, no anti-Soviet denonstrations 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 bordercation.

Although no statement has yet come'illingness to negotiate in. or-j. dir toropaganda-tage. 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 furthor clashes.

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