Check out these 1970s images showing PLA border guards posing for photos and ‘ridiculing the Soviet Union’ by taking a leak at the Sino-Soviet border.
In the fall of 1964, boundary disputes gradually become the prime issue in Sino-Soviet relations, and eventually led to the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict in 1969.
After the 1969 clashes, it appeared that both sides had drawn back from the brink of war. Russian premier Alexei Kosygin made a visit to Beijing to hold talks with Zhou Enlai and minimum diplomatic communication was restored.
Throughout the 70s, however, the Soviet Union was in sharp opposition to the CCP, and the two sides’ ideological struggles, criticism and condemnation of the other party continued while both saw each other as a threat to national security.
In the mid-70s large-scale expansion of the Soviet Union also contributed to the Sino-Soviet conflict.
By Isabel Quan