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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. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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July 13, 1970

Report of the Meeting on Monday July 13, 1970, at the Great Hall of the People

A record of conversation between Andre Bettencourt, Mao Zedong, and Zhou Enlai.

February 21, 1959

Mao Zedong, 'Africa's Task is to Struggle Against Imperialism'

On February 21, 1959, in a meeting with representatives of the Union of the Populations of Cameroon and of the youths of Guinea, Kenya and Madagascar, Mao Zedong argued that …

January 04, 1968

Report of the Meeting of a Special Leadership of the HV KSČ [Main Committee of the Czechoslovak Communist Party] on January 4, 1968

Conversation among Czechoslovak Communist Party leaders regarding functions and positions within the military and calling for a plenum the next day to resolve disputes.

May 06, 1968

Cable from the CSSR Embassy, Peking, 'Thesis and Proposals for the Development of an Action Plan of the Communist Party and Government of Czechoslovakia regarding the Relations between Czechoslovakia and Chinese People’s Republic'

Proposals for Communist Party action regarding the CPR activity, including overall objectives in the CSSR-PRC relationship, general foreign policy outlook, and specific measures …

February 08, 1961

Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of French Senator François Mitterrand

Mao Zedong and Francois Mitterrand discussed interests and conflicts over the Algeria Revolution and sought ways to peacefully reconcile differences.

July 08, 1968

Political Report No.12 from the Embassy of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Peking

Account addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding gradual normalization of communications and relations with China, including conclusions and recommendations for …

July 13, 1970

Report of the Meeting on Monday July 13, 1970, at the Great Hall of the People

A record of conversation between Andre Bettencourt, Mao Zedong, and Zhou Enlai.

February 21, 1959

Mao Zedong, 'Africa's Task is to Struggle Against Imperialism'

On February 21, 1959, in a meeting with representatives of the Union of the Populations of Cameroon and of the youths of Guinea, Kenya and Madagascar, Mao Zedong argued that …

January 04, 1968

Report of the Meeting of a Special Leadership of the HV KSČ [Main Committee of the Czechoslovak Communist Party] on January 4, 1968

Conversation among Czechoslovak Communist Party leaders regarding functions and positions within the military and calling for a plenum the next day to resolve disputes.

May 06, 1968

Cable from the CSSR Embassy, Peking, 'Thesis and Proposals for the Development of an Action Plan of the Communist Party and Government of Czechoslovakia regarding the Relations between Czechoslovakia and Chinese People’s Republic'

Proposals for Communist Party action regarding the CPR activity, including overall objectives in the CSSR-PRC relationship, general foreign policy outlook, and specific measures …

February 08, 1961

Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of French Senator François Mitterrand

Mao Zedong and Francois Mitterrand discussed interests and conflicts over the Algeria Revolution and sought ways to peacefully reconcile differences.

July 08, 1968

Political Report No.12 from the Embassy of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Peking

Account addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding gradual normalization of communications and relations with China, including conclusions and recommendations for …

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SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

CHINESE NUCLEAR TESTING

Embassies of the People's Republic of China around the world tracked reactions to the PRC's nuclear tests in 1964 and 1965.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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

SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

CHINESE NUCLEAR TESTING

Embassies of the People's Republic of China around the world tracked reactions to the PRC's nuclear tests in 1964 and 1965.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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

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. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

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