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Vietnam War

 Documents on the Vietnam War. These telegrams, minutes, and discussion notes range from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1970s, and most come from Chinese and Albanian archives. There are many documents from Albania archives on Vietnam-Albanian relations. The collection also includes several Chinese telegrams and memorandums on foreign and economic relations with Indochina, as well as discussions with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong. See also the Indochinese War and the 1954 Geneva Conference. (Image, American POW, 1973, US Department of Defense, DDST9904270)

  • April 09, 1973

    Letter, Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes to Kurt Waldheim

    The Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes transmits a note of conversation between the Provisional Revolutionary Government and the Government of the Republic of Vietnam to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

  • April 25, 1973

    A Six-Point Proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam on the Implementation of the Paris Accords and the Preparation for an Agreement on Internal Issues of South Vietnam

    Proposal by the Provisional Revolutionary Government at the 8th session of the Conference between two sides in South Vietnam: Ceasing all confrontation, releasing all civilian officials detained by both sides, guaranteeing the freedom and democratic rights of the South Vietnamese people, establishing a National Conciliatory Council, implementing a general election, and reducing both sides' armed forces.

  • May 09, 1973

    Letter, Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes to the Secretary General

    The Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes transmits to the Secretary General a note of the Republic of Vietnam's adherence to the Paris Peace Accords.

  • May 25, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Issues Information Bulletin No. 06/TT 73 on the Le Duc Tho-Kissinger Talks (17 to 22 May 1973)

    The COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee report on steps to be taken against the United States.

  • June 05, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Le Duan, Pham Van Dong and Le Thanh Nghi

    The role of China and Vietnam in the Cambodian revolution; also a discussion on the current situation in South Vietnam.

  • June 06, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Le Duan, Pham Van Dong and Le Thanh Nghi

    Le Duan asks Zhou Enlai for Chinese help in building industry and infrastructure, as per a previous agreement between China and Vietnam.

  • June 30, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Stepping up Struggle Activities Demanding that the U.S. and the Puppets Implement our Post-Paris Agreement Proposals

    Upon submitting a Post-Paris Agreement proposal at the negotiating table with the U.S. and the DRV, the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issues an announcement that requests all levels of command and all branches to launch another struggle phase focusing on three urgent issues: ceasefire; exchange of detained civilian personnel; and guaranteeing the right to freedom and democracy.

  • August 16, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai discusses his concerns regarding US negotiations in Cambodia.

  • September 18, 1973

    Politburo Sends Letter to COSVN, Region 5, Tri-Thien, Saigon, Hue, and Danang

    A letter, presumably written by Le Duan, offers a clarion call for war in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords.

  • October 08, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Thanh Nghi

  • October 12, 1973

    Verbatim Transcript of the Third Meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Zhou Enlai

    Zhou Enlai and Trudeau have a wideranging conversation on international politics, covering the Vietnam War, Sino-Japanese relations, Nixon's visit to China, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Arctic circle, and nuclear energy safeguards, among other topics.

  • October 13, 1973

    Resolution of the 21st Plenum of the Party Central Committee, No. 227-NQ/TW (Excerpts)

    Resolution of the 21st Plenum of the Party Central Committee detailing the tasks of strengthening socialism and national defense in North Vietnam while continuing the South Vietnam revolution, ensuring strict enforcement of the Paris Agreement.

  • November 13, 1973

    Cable from Comrade Sau Manh [Le Duc Tho] to Comrade Pham Hung and COSVN Headquarters Providing Guidance for Military Struggle Operations in the Cochin China Lowlands, and for Launching a Political and Military Struggle Movement in South Vietnam

    Cable from Le Duc Tho to Pham Hung and COSVN Headquarters providing guidance on local military activities in the Cochin China lowlands and plans for a political and military struggle movement in South Vietnam.

  • January 11, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Policy of Maintaining Good Relations with Cambodia In the New Situation

    The COSVN offers 3 proposals for improving relations with Cambodian revolutionaries.

  • March 06, 1974

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Strengthening Vietnamese-Cambodian Relations and Combat Solidarity

    The COSVN seeks to improve Cambodian-Vietnamese relations in the wake of several "minor clashes over various problems."

  • May 04, 1974

    Letter from Le Duan to Military Region 6

    Letter from Le Duan to Military Region 6 providing guidance on its operations and urgent tasks in the two years 1974-1975.

  • July 28, 1974

    COSVN Plenum Number 13 (Expanded) to Review the Situation and to Establish the Revolution’s Guidelines, Directions, Missions, and Requirements for Late 1974 and 1975

    After the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the withdrawal of U.S. troops, COSVN holds a full Party conference to agree on its assessment of the situation and to set out directions and missions for late 1974 and 1975

  • August 03, 1974

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Thanh Nghi

  • August 13, 1974

    Politburo Resolution No. 236-NQ/TW

    The Politburo issues a resolution addressing Nixon's resignation of the U.S. Presidency and laying out a number of urgent Party tasks.

  • August 18, 1974

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee to the Politburo Reporting on the Results of COSVN’s 13th Party Plenum

    Cable from the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee to the Politburo reporting on the results of COSVN’s 13th Party Plenum, including all aspects of the situation since the dissemination of COSVN Resolution 12 and on the implementation of the Central Committee’s Resolution 21.