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Taiwan’s Cold War in Southeast Asia

Between the mid-1970s and the early 1980s, emissaries from Taiwan conducted clandestine visits to virtually every non-communist state in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Meeting with top leaders from these countries, the representatives discussed military and intelligence cooperation in an attempt to shore up Taiwan's security. Collection supported by the Chun and Jane Chiu Family Foundation. (see the collection introduction by Hsiao-ting Lin.)

  • December 18, 1979

    Report submitted by General Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) to President Chiang Ching-kuo regarding General Wang’s visit to the Philippines, 18 December 1979

    General Sheng Wang briefs President Chiang Ching-kuo on his conversation with President Fernand Marcos on Taiwan-Philippines cooperation against China.

  • December 19, 1979

    Report Submitted by General Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) to President Chiang Ching-kuo regarding General Wang’s Visit to the Philippines

    General Wang reports to President Chiang Ching-kuo on his meeting with the Philippines' Speaker of the House of Representatives and Vice President Makalintal regarding Taiwan-Philippines relations and his meeting with Filipino Minister of National Defense Juan Ponce Enrile.

  • December 20, 1979

    Report Submitted by General Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) to President Chiang Ching-kuo regarding General Wang’s Visit to the Philippines

    General Wang briefs President Chiang on his meeting with the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Romeo Espino, regarding anti-communism.

  • March 29, 1982

    Minutes of the Meeting between Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) and Lieutenant General Dato Shazali Che Mat (Head of Department of Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense)

    General Wang and Malaysia's General Dato Shazali Che Mat discuss anti-communism and Taiwan-Malaysia military relations.

  • March 29, 1982

    Minutes of the Meeting between Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) and General Tan Sri Mohd Ghazali Seith (Chief of Defense Forces, Ministry of Defense)

    General Wang and General Ghazali discusses Taiwan and Malaysia's common struggle agaisnt communism

  • March 29, 1982

    Minutes of the Meeting between Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) and Abang Abu Bakar (Vice Defense Minister)

    General Wang Sheng and Malaysia's Vice Defense Minister discuss Taiwan's military system, defense spending, and anti-communist policy.

  • April 03, 1982

    Minutes of the Meeting between Wang Sheng (Director of the General Political Warfare Department, Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan) and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

    General Wang Sheng and Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad discuss Malaysia's view of communist countries in Asia and Taiwan-Malaysia relations.