COMMUNISTS: Swapping Slurs

On the surface, relations between the Soviet Union and Red China seem to have improved markedly in recent months. Last fall, the two Communist superpowers exchanged ambassadors for the first time in more than three years. Next, they signed a trade agreement for an undisclosed amount. Two weeks ago, they signed a new protocol governing navigation on the rivers that run along their Far Eastern border—including the Ussuri, site of bloody clashes in 1969.

Despite these signals of diminished tensions, however, all is far from well between the two. For the past six...

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