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Digital Archive International History Declassified

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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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January 07, 1967

Letter from DRV Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc Hoan to GDR Minister of State Security Erich Mielke

Hoan writes regarding a delegation from the Ministry of State Security of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to be trained in radio technology.

December 06, 1965

Letter from the Committee for State Security of the Council of Ministers of the USSR on Aid to the Ministry for State Security of the DRV

Letter describing technical assistance given to the Ministry for State Security of the DRV, including surveillance equipment.

July 19, 1968

Technical Operations Sector, Deliveries to the Ministry of State Security of the DRV

Inventory documenting the shipment of dictation machines, tape recorders, and other devices from East Germany to Haiphong in North Vietnam.

November 01, 1965

Letter from DVR Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc Hoan to GDR Minister of State Security Erich Mielke

Tran Quoc Hoan writes requesting further technical assistance and training from the Stasi.

December 06, 1971

Agreement for Support of the Security Services of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

This document includes plans for future negotiations with North Vietnam and support in the form of equipment, expertise, and direct assistance. It also discusses problems …

January 28, 1989

Letter from Liaison Office of the Ministry of State Security at the Ministry of Interior of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Ministry of State Security

East German Major Knabe (stationed in Hanoi) requests information on the exact dates of the initial 1964 visits of Vietnamese delegates to East Germany, and notes with concern the …

January 07, 1967

Letter from DRV Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc Hoan to GDR Minister of State Security Erich Mielke

Hoan writes regarding a delegation from the Ministry of State Security of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam to be trained in radio technology.

December 06, 1965

Letter from the Committee for State Security of the Council of Ministers of the USSR on Aid to the Ministry for State Security of the DRV

Letter describing technical assistance given to the Ministry for State Security of the DRV, including surveillance equipment.

July 19, 1968

Technical Operations Sector, Deliveries to the Ministry of State Security of the DRV

Inventory documenting the shipment of dictation machines, tape recorders, and other devices from East Germany to Haiphong in North Vietnam.

November 01, 1965

Letter from DVR Minister of Public Security Tran Quoc Hoan to GDR Minister of State Security Erich Mielke

Tran Quoc Hoan writes requesting further technical assistance and training from the Stasi.

December 06, 1971

Agreement for Support of the Security Services of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

This document includes plans for future negotiations with North Vietnam and support in the form of equipment, expertise, and direct assistance. It also discusses problems …

January 28, 1989

Letter from Liaison Office of the Ministry of State Security at the Ministry of Interior of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Ministry of State Security

East German Major Knabe (stationed in Hanoi) requests information on the exact dates of the initial 1964 visits of Vietnamese delegates to East Germany, and notes with concern the …

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KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities and bringing an end to the Korean War.

1956 POLISH AND HUNGARIAN CRISES

The uprising began in Hungary as a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ceasing hostilities and bringing an end to the Korean War.

1956 POLISH AND HUNGARIAN CRISES

The uprising began in Hungary as a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the People's Republic of Hungary and its Soviet-imposed policies.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

SINO-JAPANESE RELATIONS

Once war time enemies, relations between China and Japan were often quite cordial during the Cold War.

SINO-SOVIET SPLIT, 1960-1984

Documents on the growing division and worsening relations between China and the Soviet Union following 1960.

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of three Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

China-Myanmar Relations during the Cold War

Drawing on documents from three Chinese archives, Hongwei Fan reveals that China-Myanmar relations were testier than ever publicly acknowledged, and both sides harbored reservations toward one another throughout the Cold War.

Chinese FM Documents on Hungary, 1956

Péter Vámos addresses the controversy over the Chinese role in the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. Using documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive in Beijing, Vámos argues that the official Chinese position was a distortion of actual events

New Documents on Korean War Armistice

NKIDP has released a collection of Russian, Chinese, and Polish documents on the armistice negotiations which span the nearly two-year period of talks.

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