Accession Number : ADA323855

Title :   Sino-Soviet Relations: A Chronology, January-June 1988,

Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC FEDERAL RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s) : Ristaino, Marcia R.

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Report Date : JUL 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : During the first half of 1988, Sino-Soviet relations continued to improve, with notable encouragement from the Soviet Union. A key event was an exclusive Chinese interview with Mikhail Gorbachev published in Liaowanq (Beijing) in which the Soviet leader renewed his offer for a Sino-Soviet summit meeting to find mutually acceptable means to resolve problems. During the 12th round Sino-Soviet political consultations held in June in Moscow (with representation continuing at the vice ministerial level), the Cambodian issue remained the focal point of differences between the two sides. The Soviets attempted to play down its significance, and the Chinese affirmed its importance. Sino-Soviet economic, trade, scientific and technical, and cultural ties continued to expand between January and June 1988. A new trade agreement was signed in June to decentralize border trade, making it possible for local authorities in both China and the Soviet Union to manage and develop trade relationships. This decentralization of trade probably will stimulate and diversify already developing economic and trade exchanges. and promote the expansion of new financial and managerial arrangements such as joint ventures, joint stock companies, and joint merchandizing. Plans were announced for a major conference, to be hosted by China in November 1988, that will enhance Sino-Soviet scientific and technical exchanges. Leading Soviet scientists attending the conference will present information on astrophysics, astronautics, and other sciences. In addition, science and technology exposition are planned for the first time in both China and the Soviet Union. Sino-Soviet social and cultural ties were strengthened by the visit of the Soviet Minister of Culture, who met with his Chinese counterpart. An inter-governmental plan was signed to increase bilateral cultural cooperation for 1988-1990.

Descriptors :   *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, USSR, COMMERCE, LEADERSHIP, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, ECONOMICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, BOUNDARIES, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, AGREEMENTS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, CULTURE, COOPERATION, CHINA, ASTRONAUTICS, DECENTRALIZATION, SCIENTISTS, ASTROPHYSICS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE