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  • March 28, 1955

    Report on a Trip to Vietnam

    Choi Duk Shin and Young P. Lee summarize their travels through Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Vietnam, including their discussions on politics, military situations, cultural sharing, and strategies for Free Asia to join together against Communism.

  • October 03, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Vu Van Mau

    Choi Duk Shin announces that South Korea would like to establish diplomatic relations with South Vietnam and exchange envoys.

  • November 08, 1955

    Letter from the Secretary of State of the Republic of Vietnam to Lt. General Choi Duk Shin

    The South Vietnamese Secretary of State writes to Choi Duk Shin, expressing his country's desire to establish diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • November 10, 1955

    Letter from the President of the Republic of Vietnam to Lt. General Choi Duk Shin

    In response to a previous letter, the President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, thanks Choi Duk Shin and briefly mentions United States foreign aid.

  • November 15, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to the President of the Republic of Vietnam

    Choi Duk Shin reports briefly on the current situation of Vietnam and the expectations for the first South Vietnam presidential elections.

  • November 26, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin discusses his recent correspondence with both South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem and the Foreign Minister about their anti-communist stance and the possibility of establishing a Korean Legation in Saigon, Vietnam.

  • December 29, 1955

    Letter, Young Kee Kim to Chung Whan Cho

    Young Kee Kim briefs Minister Cho on the talk with Minister Cao Thai Bao from the Vietnam Legation about appointing a minister to Korea.

  • January 09, 1956

    Report No. 70 from Young Kee Kim to Syngman Rhee

    Young Kee Kim briefs President Rhee on Philippines' concern on China, especially regarding Formosa. He also reports on President Magsaysay's appointment of economic advisors and government officials.

  • March 26, 1956

    Letter from His Sacredness Ho-Phap Cong Tac to President Syngman Rhee

    After offering a detailed account of the separation of North and South Vietnam by foreign powers, Ho-Phap Cong Tac requests that President Rhee support the peaceful reunification of Vietnam.

  • March 30, 1956

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin offers his opinion on the establishment of a Korean Legation in South Vietnam and discusses his personal desire to remain in the military service as opposed to the diplomatic corps.

  • April, 1956

    Draft Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Lt. General Choi Duk-shin

    President Rhee drafts an order to Choi Duk Shin to travel to Formosa (Taiwan) and South Vietnam in order to develop diplomatic relations and initiate discussion on a possible Seoul-Saigon-Taipei mutual defense pact. President Rhee specifically requests the exclusion of Japan from the defense pact.

  • April 05, 1956

    Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Lt. General Choi Duk-shin

    President Rhee orders Choi Duk Shin to travel to Formosa (Taiwan) and South Vietnam in order to develop diplomatic relations and initiate discussions on a possible mutual defense pact. President Rhee specifically requests the exclusion of Japan from the defense pact.

  • May 17, 1956

    CDS Report No. 1 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the installation of a Korean Legation in Saigon as well as general information about the legation set up and the surrounding area in South Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    Report on a Conversation with the American Ambassador in Saigon

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military pact between South Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and South Vietnam, as well as Korean assistance to Vietnam, with the American Ambassador to Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    CDS Report No. 2 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin briefly discusses the military alliance with Taiwan and outlines his first ceremonial meeting with the Vietnamese leadership.

  • June 01, 1956

    CDS Report No. 3 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military alliance with Taiwan and South Vietnam's positive response to establishing diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • June 06, 1956

    Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee orders Choi Duk Shin to no longer pursue the creation of a South Korea-South Vietnamese defense pact.

  • June 08, 1956

    CDS Report No. 4 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with American General Williams about the possibility of South Korean military training assistance for the South Vietnamese military as well as several other conversations with foreign diplomats.

  • June 14, 1956

    Letter No. 1 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee states that Choi Duk Shin's proposal to offer South Korean assistance to the South Vietnamese military training was premature.

  • June 15, 1956

    CDS Report No. 5 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his recent activities in South Vietnam, briefly comments on recent foreign news papers calling for the nullification of the Korean Armistice Agreement, and announces the installment of the first South Vietnamese Ambassador to South Korea.