Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Peter J. Potichnyj




The main aim of this thesis is to assess the nature and the development of the boundary dispute between China and the Soviet Union in the 1970s. Dealing with the historical, military, diplomatic and academic aspects of the dispute, it attempts to illuminate the linkages between national interests and ideological inclination and the effect of the conflict on the overall relations between the two great powers.

It examines in a systematic way the Sino-Soviet border negotiations and outlines both the political rationalizations and the bargaining positions of the two sides. A special section is devoted to the "disputed areas" along the Sino-Soviet border, and three maps prepared by the Chinese scholars regarding boundary changes between the two countries are presented. In the author's opinion, the frontier conflict is the most important issue that continue to undermine relations between China and the Soviet Union.

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