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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • March 03, 1954

    Instructions from the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party

    The Central Committee provides instructions on transmitting and discussing Zhou Enlai's speech on the Gao Gang issue.

  • March 04, 1954

    Letter, President Syngman Rhee to General Van Fleet

    President Rhee once again suggests that the US government should increase the ROK defense forces. It will not only be cheaper to fund Korean (over American) divisions, it also means that Americans do not need to fight in Korea. Rhee then negotiates that if the US government implements the necessary military buildup aid, he too will not take any “unilateral action” for or against the future Geneva Conference until after it has been in session. Finally, Rhee advocates his disapproval of US interest to build up Japan.

  • March 06, 1954

    Letter, James A. Van Fleet to President Syngman Rhee

    General Van Fleet addresses his concern for the Far East. While some Americans are calling for US withdrawal from South Korea, he insists that the US has a “morale and a material obligation” in the Peninsula.

  • March 06, 1954

    Cable from Zhang Wentian, 'Reporting the Preliminary Opinions of Our Side on the Geneva Conference to the Soviet Side'

    Zhang Wentian discusses his visit with Molotov. During this meeting, Molotov says delegations from China, Korea, and Vietnam are welcome to Moscow before the Geneva conference to discuss its proceedings. Molotov also mentions several issues that still need to be discussed, such as relaxing tensions in Asia, Korean unification, ministers in attendance at the conference, and India's participation in the Indochina discussion.

  • March 06, 1954

    From the Journal of Molotov: Secret Memorandum of Conversation between Molotov and PRC Ambassador Zhang Wentian

    Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov and PRC Ambassador to the USSR Zhang Wentian discuss their respective views on the situations in Korea and Vietnam in preparation for the upcoming Geneva Conference.

  • March 08, 1954

    International Organizations Division, History of the Efforts on the Part of the American Committee to Establish Large Scale Radio Activities

    An International Organizations Division memorandum reviews the history of AMCOMLIB efforts to organize radio broadcasts, noting that they became the primary AMCOMLIB activity only after issuance of the Jackson Committee report in September 1953.

  • March 09, 1954

    From the Journal of Ambassador Pavel Yudin: Memorandum of Conversation with Liu Shaoqi and Zhou Enlai

    A conversation between Soviet Ambassador to China Pavel Yudin, CCP Secretary Liu Shaoqi and Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai. The primary topic of discussion was the Gao Gang case and the attempts to splinter the Chinese Communist Party.

  • March 11, 1954

    Telegram, Zhou Enlai to Ho Chi Minh (excerpt)

    Telegram from Zhou Enlai to Ho Chi Minh encouraging him to send a delegation to attend the Geneva Conference. According to Zhou Enlai important decisions will be made in Geneva, including decision on where the boundaries will be drawn in Vietnam.

  • March 11, 1954

    Letter, Maxwell D. Taylor to Syngman Rhee

    General Maxwell D. Taylor invites Syngman Rhee and Mrs. Rhee to event at the Eighth Army Headquarters.

  • March 11, 1954

    Letter, General Maxwell D. Taylor to Syngman Rhee

    The Eighth Army will permit farming in military controlled areas and allow for resettlement of civilians.

  • March 12, 1954

    Letter, B.K. Chun to Tuk Ki Minn, the Presiedent of Chosun Brewery Ltd.

    The Bank of the Korea sends a information regarding to the procedure for deposit in United States Dollar or Pound Sterling which are to be obtained by selling beer to the United Nations Armed Forces in Korea.

  • March 12, 1954

    Letter, to General Maxwell D. Taylor Regarding American Employees

    American employees of the Republic of Korea are not receiving promised logistical support from the Eighth Army.

  • March 12, 1954

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Report from Károly Pásztor, Hungarian envoy to the DPRK, regarding a conversation he had with Soviet Ambassador Suzdalev. He discusses the difficulties which would be involved in achieving Korean unification.

  • March 15, 1954

    Letter, General Maxwell D. Taylor to Syngman Rhee

    General Maxwell D.Taylor explains that new authorization is required to provide services to American employees of the Korean government.

  • March 15, 1954

    Letter, Yu Chang Jun to General Maxwell D. Taylor

    President Syngman Rhee and Mrs. Rhee accept the invitation for an event at Eighth Army Headquarters on March 26.

  • March 15, 1954

    Letter, Yu Chang Jun to Colonel James C. Cross

    Yu Chang Jun, Secretary of President Rhee, requests clearance for Robert P. Griffing Jr and Damon Giffard to enter Korea.

  • March 16, 1954

    Letter, Tuk Ki Minn, President of the Chosun Brewery, to General Maxwell D.Taylor

    Tuk Ki Minn, the President of the Chosun Brewery Co., Ltd., requests payment in US dollar currency.

  • March 17, 1954

    Letter, From I.Vinogradov to Soviet Central Committee Secretary M. A. Suslov, Regarding Afanasii Gavrilovich Krymov, a Prisoner of a Soviet Corrective-Labor Camp

    Concerning the letter from Afanasii Gavrilovich Krymov, currently serving a sentence in a MVD [Ministry of Internal Affairs] USSR corrective-labor camp, with a request to look over his case and permit him to move to China.

  • March 17, 1954

    Letter, James H. R. Cromwell to Syngman Rhee

    James Cromwell reports that Harold Lady will not been granted a visa for entrance to Korea. Walter Robertson was very pleased by the Private Enterprise Plan, and Cromwell is working on a related resolution to present to the Republican Policy Committees.

  • March 17, 1954

    Target Plans of the Soviet Delegation at the Geneva Conference on the Issue of Korea

    The Soviet Union should call for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Korea and the unification of Korea or otherwise strive to move from the armistice to an actual peace agreement.