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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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October 11, 1959

Cable, Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry Consular Department

North Korean and Chinese officials discuss what to do with Koreans who have illegally entered China.

June 18, 1959

Cable, Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry Consular Affairs Department

North Korean and Chinese officials discuss what to do with Koreans who have illegally entered China.

April 20, 1959

Cable, Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry Consular Affairs Department

Continuing exchanges between Chinese and North Korean officials over illegal cross-border migration.

September 08, 1966

Cable from the Yanbian Military District Party Committee, 'Implementing the Shenyang Military District's Opinion “Guidance on the Activities of Red Guards in the Border Area”'

With Red Guards stirring up trouble on the Sino-Korean bounder, authorities in Yanbian consider how to handle the situation.

December 26, 1964

Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of the Algerian Militia Delegation

Mao and Mahmoud Guenez discuss the Algerian revolution, the lessons of the Chinese experience, and developments in the Congo (Léopoldville).

March 31, 1964

Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of the Military Delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia

Mao and Lon Nol discuss Chinese-Cambodian ties, Cambodia's relations with Vietnam and Thailand, and US policy in Southeast Asia.

October 11, 1959

Cable, Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry Consular Department

North Korean and Chinese officials discuss what to do with Koreans who have illegally entered China.

June 18, 1959

Cable, Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry Consular Affairs Department

North Korean and Chinese officials discuss what to do with Koreans who have illegally entered China.

April 20, 1959

Cable, Chinese Embassy in North Korea to the Foreign Ministry Consular Affairs Department

Continuing exchanges between Chinese and North Korean officials over illegal cross-border migration.

September 08, 1966

Cable from the Yanbian Military District Party Committee, 'Implementing the Shenyang Military District's Opinion “Guidance on the Activities of Red Guards in the Border Area”'

With Red Guards stirring up trouble on the Sino-Korean bounder, authorities in Yanbian consider how to handle the situation.

December 26, 1964

Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of the Algerian Militia Delegation

Mao and Mahmoud Guenez discuss the Algerian revolution, the lessons of the Chinese experience, and developments in the Congo (Léopoldville).

March 31, 1964

Record of Conversation from Chairman Mao’s Reception of the Military Delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia

Mao and Lon Nol discuss Chinese-Cambodian ties, Cambodia's relations with Vietnam and Thailand, and US policy in Southeast Asia.

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EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon from 1943 to the early 1970s.

SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

CHINESE NUCLEAR TESTING

Embassies of the People's Republic of China around the world tracked reactions to the PRC's nuclear tests in 1964 and 1965.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

EMIR FARID CHEHAB COLLECTION

Emir Farid Hares Chehab held many of the most politically sensitive positions in Lebanon from 1943 to the early 1970s.

SOVIET INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

The Prague Spring represented a moment of liberalism and democratization in Czechoslovakia. It ended with the Soviet invasion in August 1968.

CHINESE NUCLEAR TESTING

Embassies of the People's Republic of China around the world tracked reactions to the PRC's nuclear tests in 1964 and 1965.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

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