COMMENT ON SINO-SOVIET EXCHANGE OF LETTERS

Created: 3/14/1963

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

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CURRENT INTELLIGENCE MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Convent on Sino-Sovlet Exchange of Letters

The exchange of letters between the Soviet and Chinese parties indicates that the disputethen will soontage in which skir-nishlngegotiating table will replace open polenlcs.

Each side has now put Itself on record as favoring bilateral talks in preparation for anCommunist neetlng. However, thetaken ln the letters makes it likely these talks will drag onong period beforesatisfactory arrangenentaeneralcan be nade. The Chinese note that ifcan not be concluded In one session, "several should be held" and even propose that. If these fall, the two parties "should hold furthertalks."

The differences between the two parties are so fundamental, however, that even Ifcould be nade for an eventual international conference it Is unlikelyeaningfulof these differences could be achieved.

The Chinese Invitation to Khrushchev toelegation to Pelplng for the talksynical counter to the Soviet suggestion that the talks be heldigh level. The Chinese can hardly expect hln to accept after the coldlytreatment they accorded him in the four major editorials published between the timeletter suggesting talks was received aad Mao sent his reply. The Chinese have prepared for Khrushchev's refusal byelegationby any "responsible official" and even suggestinghinese delegation could go to Moscow.

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5. The Chinese used the interval between the delivery of the Soviet letter and the publication of their reply to set forth, in massivetheir positions in the dispute. Having done so, they nowillingness "to temporarily suspend" what they term their replies to attacks on their party. However, the Chinese letterto add that Peiping "reserves the right" to renew the polemic whenever they feel It justified.

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