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Gromyko Talks With Chinese Ambassador

March 23, 1985

MOSCOW (AP) _ Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko on Friday discussed the possibility of normalizing Sino-Soviet ties with Chinese Ambassador Li Jiewang at Li’s request, the official Tass news agency Tass reported.

It said Li made the request in response to the March 11 statement by the new Soviet leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev, on relations between the two communist giants. Gorbachev said the Soviet Union wants ″a serious improvement of relations with the People’s Republic of China and believes that, if there is reciprocity, this is quite possible.″

Tass gave no details about the talks.

China and the Soviet Union have undertaken a number of measures to improve relations during the past three years, but remain divided on ideological matters, the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan, the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia and disputes along their long common border.

Meanwhile, Sino-Soviet talks on navigation on boundary rivers ended Friday with both sides reaching agreements on ″most of the subjects discussed,″ China’s official Xinhua news agency reported in Peking.

Delegates signed texts of the minutes on the talks that covered channels, navigation and bilateral exchanges on the Heilongjiang, Wusulijing, and Ergun rivers, Xinhua said.

Two of the rivers, known in the Soviet Union as the Amur and the Ussuri, are on the border with China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province. The Ergun, called the Argun by the Soviets, is a tributary of the Amur and is on the Soviet border with China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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