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Clashes on China-Soviet Border
In March 1969, the ideological rift between the Soviet Union and Communist China deteriorated into fighting along the border. Thirty Soviet soldiers were killed in one clash on a small uninhabited island in the Ussuri river. The roots of the dispute lay in Chinese claims to parts of the eastern Soviet Union relinquished by the Chinese under the pressure of "The Unequal Treaties" (these treaties were forced upon China by the Western powers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries).