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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)

  • August 20, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Premier Kim and the Chinese Friendship Delegation

    Kim Il Sung and the Chinese Friendship Delegation discuss agriculture issues in China and North Korea, the war in Vietnam, and confrontation with the United States.

  • September 25, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'On the Transporting of North Korea's Construction Material Aid for Vietnam'

    China and North Korea arrange for North Korean aid to be shipped to North Vietnam through China.

  • September 26, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Supplement to the Cable of 25 September 1965'

    North Korea and China negotiate who will pay for the cost of shipping material aid to North Vietnam.

  • September 30, 1965

    Cable from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Economic and Trade Committee, 'We Agree to Transport North Korea's Material Aid for Vietnam'

    The Chinese government agrees to assist North Korea in shipping material aid to North Vietnam.

  • October 09, 1965

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai addresses Pham Van Dong, not supporting the idea of Soviet volunteers entering Vietnam and discussing Cambodian involvement in the war.

  • October 12, 1965

    Cable from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'On the Transportation of North Korea's Material Aid for Vietnam'

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs follows up on the work of China, North Vietnam, and North Korea to ship material aid from Korea to Vietnam.

  • October 20, 1965

    Mao's Conversation with the Party and Government Delegation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam

    Mao Zedong expresses his support of Vietnam in their struggle against the US.

  • October 23, 1965

    On the Issue of Transporting Korean Aid to Vietnam

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides instructions to the Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang on the shipment of North Korean aid to Vietnam.

  • November 02, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry, 'On the Transportation of North Korea's Material Aid for Vietnam'

    The Chinese Embassy in North Korea reports on the transportation of North Korea's material aid to Vietnam through China.

  • November 06, 1965

    Cable from the Foreign Ministry to the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Notify Korea on the Border Crossing Issue of Supplies for Aiding Vietnam'

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry passes along information about how North Korea can transport its aid to Vietnam.

  • November 10, 1965

    Memorandum of the First Conversation between Premier Zhou Enlai and Vice Premier Ri Ju-yeon

    Zhou Enlai and Ri Ju-yeon have an extensive discussion on the situation in Asia and Africa.

  • December, 1965

    Excerpt from Resolution of the 12 Plenum of the Party Central Committee On the New Situation and Our New Responsibilities

    Resolution by the Communist Party of Vietnam proposing to make "every possible effort to win international sympathy, support, and assistance."

  • December 01, 1965

    Speech Given by Party First Secretary Le Duan to the 12th Plenum of the Party Central Committee

    In this secret policy speech, Vietnamese Communist Party First Secretary Le Duan outlines the North Vietnamese negotiating strategy with United States, including the conditions under which talks between the two sides might first begin.

  • December 11, 1965

    Note by East German Ambassador on the Current Policy of the Chinese Leadership [Excerpts]

    A note on the conversations between Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong in Beijing. Mao stressed the importance of Vietnamese opposition to Soviet revisionism. He also argues that a larger percentage of Chinese aid should be spread amongst the Southeast Asia region, and not simply given to Vietnam.

  • December 14, 1965

    Report by the Adviser to the Bulgarian Embassy in Beijing, Ivan Dimitrov, to the Bulgarian Ambassador, Khr. Stoichev

    Bulgarian report on the conversations between Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh. According to the report, Mao agrees with Ho Chi Minh that they should officially recognize the NLF as the government of South Vietnam, while expressing his reservations about asking for volunteers from other countries. He again fully opposes any negotiations with the United States.

  • December 17, 1965

    Discussion between Chen Yi and Nguyen Duy Trinh

    Chen Yi advocates the use of negotiation alongside fighting.

  • December 18, 1965

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi and Nguyen Duy Trinh

    Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi strategize about negotiation with the United States.

  • December 19, 1965

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Chen Yi

    Zhou Enlai puts forward four points necessary for a strengthened Vietnamese and Chinese vantage point in negotiations with the United States.

  • January 24, 1966

    Reception by Soviet Vice Foreign Minister V. V. Kuznetsov for the General Director of the Polish Foreign Ministry, Cde. Jerzy Michalowski

    Polish official, Jerzy Michalowski, discusses the Vietnamese situation after meeting with several high ranking officials there. He asserts that the Vietnamese misguided in their belief that the US is not willing to fight a broadened war. He also notes that, although Vietnamese allies recognize this, they discourage Vietnam from opening negotiations.

  • January 27, 1966

    Note on Two Conversations with the Minister Counselor of the North Vietnamese Embassy, Comrade Hoan Muoi, on 26 January 1966, in the Cuban Embassy, and on 27 January 1966, on the Occasion of a Farewell Visit to Our Embassy [Excerpts]

    Minister Counselor of the DRV Embassy Hoan Muoi expresses his belief that there will be no international conference on Vietnam until there is a reconciliation between the USSR and China. He asserts that Kruschev damaged the world Communist movement, but also that China's objections to Soviet aid to Vietnam are unjustified.