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Bandung Conference, 1955

Leading representatives from twenty-nine newly independent African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries came together for the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia, from 19 April-24 April 1955. (Image: Delegates attending the Bandung Conference pose for a group photo, April 1955) (See also: The Second Asian-African Conference.)

  • May 11, 1955

    Report from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Several Distorted Views on the Asian-African Conference'

    A Chinese report on interpretations of the Asian-African Conference around the world that they found "distorted", including topics like colonialism, collective self-defense, views on the UN, the ten principles of peace and cooperation, and mutual cooperation in the development of Asia and Africa.

  • May 23, 1955

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, 'Indonesia Invites China to Review the Achievements of the Asian-African Conference'

    The Chinese Embassy in Jakarta asks for instructions regarding an invitation for the Chinese ambassador to deliver a speech on the Bandung Conference over Indonesian radio.

  • May 23, 1955

    Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Evaluation of the Asian-African Conference on Indonesian Radio'

    A Chinese speech highlights the Bandung Conference's contribution to world peace.

  • May 27, 1955

    Summary of the Views of Afro-Asian Countries on the Taiwan Issue at the Afro-Asian Conference

    The People's Republic of China maintains that the Taiwan issue was an internal issue of China, and it was the US who created tension by invading and occupying Taiwan.

  • July 12, 1955

    Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Draft Proposal to Strengthen and Develop Friendly Relations with Asian-African Countries after the Asian-African Conference'

    The PRC Foreign Ministry proposes to develop relations with, strengthen propaganda work toward, and expand the study of countries in Asia and Afica.

  • November 15, 1955

    Letter from Prime Minister Sastroamidjojo to Premier Zhou Enlai

    The Indonesian Prime Minister invited China to participate in the Asian-African Conference and discussed some logistics matters.

  • December, 1958

    Journal Entry of Ambassador Volkov: A Conversation with Subandrio

    Notes from the journal of B.M. Volkov, Soviet Ambassador to Indonesia, on a meeting with Subandrio, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on December 15, 1958. The two discussed Soviet displeasure with Indonesian actions connected to the Africa-Asia Conference that had occurred a week prior. Subandrio "expressed regret" for the situation and replied that the newspaper that had reported the "unfriendly" situation had been shut down. Subandrio said that the Indonesian government had also ordered an investigation of the delegation that was at the heart of the controversy.

  • March 25, 1959

    Letter from B.G. Gafurov to CC CPSU regarding a Meeting for the Fourth Anniversary of the Bandung Conference

    Request to the CC CPSU to hold a conference honoring the anniversary of the Bandung Confernece.

  • April 16, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 16 April 1960

    Karoly Prat and Puzanov review events connected with the 5th anniversary of the Bandung Conference.

  • March 05, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Qiao Guanhua and the DPRK Ambassador to China Pak Se-chang

    A conversation between Qiao Guanhua and the DPRK Ambassador to China Pak Se-chang on Premier Kim Il Sung’s visit to Indonesia and Alexei Kosygin’s visit to Korea.