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  • August 08, 1945

    Memorandum of Conversation between W. A. Harriman and Stalin

    American ambassador W.A. Harriman and Joseph Stalin discuss the right of use for Russian built railroads in Chinese Manchuria, as well as the status of the ports of Darien and Port Arthur.

  • April 24, 1962

    Memorandum Given to Vice Minister Zhang Hanfu by the Soviet Ambassador (Translation)

    The Soviet Union states that, as of April 24, at least 10,000 individuals from Xinjiang have crossed into the USSR.

  • April 24, 1962

    Memorandum Given to the Soviet Ambassador by Vice Minister Zhang Hanfu

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry protests the cross border flight from Xinjiang.

  • April 30, 1962

    The Soviet Document which the Soviet Ambassador Personally Presented to Vice Minister Zhang Hanfu (Translation)

    A Soviet account, presented to the Chinese Foreign Ministry of the cross border exodus in Xinjiang.

  • June 08, 1962

    Memorandum Submitted by the Ambassador of the Soviet Union to Zhang Hanfu on 8 June 1962

    The Soviet Government presents its views on developments along the Xinjiang-USSR border.

  • June 25, 1962

    Reply to the Soviet Government Memorandum of 7 June and the Oral Supplementary Statement of 11 June (Draft)

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs the Soviet government that its accusations against China of illegal migration are groundless.

  • June 26, 1962

    Transcript of a Meeting between Vice Minister Ji Pengfei and the Ambassador of the Soviet Union to China Stepan V. Chervonenko

    Ji Pengfei and Stepan Chervonenko spar over the Soviet Union's handling of the peoples who crossed into the USSR from Xinjiang.

  • June 28, 1962

    Cable from Foreign Ministry to Xinjiang Foreign Affairs Office

    Chervonenko denies Soviet responsibility for illegal border crossings, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responds by referring to a previous memorandum.

  • April 14, 1969

    Record of a Conversation with Kim Il Sung, General Secretary of the KWP CC and Chairman of the DPRK Cabinet of Ministers

    Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sought the help of Kim Il Sung in influencing China, which was in a border dispute with the Soviet Union. Requesting that they "exercise political influence on Peking."

  • June 10, 1969

    Embassy of the GDR in the PRC, 'Note about the “Club Meeting” of the Ambassadors and Acting Ambassadors of the Fraternal Countries on 6 June 1969'

    Notes on a meeting between the Ambassadors to China of the Soviet Union, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, the Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Mongolia, and Poland in which they discussed a broad range of domestic and international concerns related to the People’s Republic of China including the Cultural Revolution, Vietnam, and provocations at the Soviet border. They report throughout on conversations with other Ambassadors in China.

  • December 16, 1969

    Letter, Y. Andropov to the CPSU CC

    Andropov reports that Chinese diplomats stationed in the USSR are actively trying to discredit the Soviet Union, particularly in regard to the border dispute.

  • December 31, 1969

    Letter, A. Grechko to the CPSU CC

    A. Grechko conveys the Ministry of Defense's views on negotiations between the Soviet Union and China.

  • February, 1989

    Igor Rogachev’s Account of Eduard Shevardnadze’s Visit to Beijing

  • February 03, 1989

    Diary of Teimuraz Stepanov-Mamaladze, 3 February 1989

  • February 11, 1989

    Information of I.A. Rogachev about the Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR in the PRC

  • 1990

    Internal Soviet Guide for Planned Sino-Soviet Border Security Negotiations in 1990

    This internal document discusses plans for Sino-Soviet negotiations beginning in September of 1990, detailing regions to be discussed, military information which can be shared going forward, and ideas to be presented to Chinese counterparts.

  • February, 1990

    Round Two Negotiations on Working Out an Agreement About the Guiding Principles of a Mutual Reduction of Armed Forces and a Strengthening of Confidence in the Military Field in the Soviet-Chinese Border Region

    This chart graphically compares the PRC's and Soviet positions on the reduction of armed forces through the determination of specific geographical zones, as well as the reduction of the amount of military equipment and facilities in the border regions.

  • April 08, 1991

    Third Round of Soviet-Chinese Negotiations: A Mutual Reduction of Armed Forces and a Strengthening of Confidence in the Military Field in the Border Region

    This document discusses lessons learned from dealing with the Chinese in the previous two rounds of negotiations regarding the reduction of military presence at the Sino-Soviet border and the plan to jointly produce a draft general agreement on the issue.