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The Overseas Chinese and the Cold War

The Overseas Chinese were often at the forefront of the People’s Republic of China’s relationships with the United States, Vietnam, Korea, and Indonesia, among other countries, during the Cold War, and were a major object of the struggle between the Communists on Mainland China and the Nationalists on Taiwan.

  • June 06, 1978

    Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on Question of Hoa People in Viet Nam

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam defends its track record in handling the question of Hoa People, or ethnic Chinese, in Vietnam and acusses China of creating "anti-Vietnamese feeling among the Chinese people."

  • June 12, 1978

    Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on the Expulsion of Chinese Residents by Viet Nam

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that Vietnam has "distorted the facts and made unfounded counter-charges" in its statement "on Question of Hoa People in Viet Nam."

  • June 20, 1978

    Four Notes Transmitted by the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    Four separate notes from the Government and Foreign Ministry of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on the downturn in relations between China and Vietnam.

  • July 07, 1978

    Vietnamese Government's Note to Chinese Government

    The Government of Vietnam is disturbed by the atrophying of relations with China.

  • July 24, 1978

    Notes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that it is recalling its Consul General from Ho Chi Minh City and complains about Vietnam's treatment of the Hoa people.

  • September 05, 1978

    Speech made by Pham Van Dong

    Pham Van Dong speaks on the war against Pol Pot and Ieng Sary, the issue of the Hoa people in Vietnam, and border disputes with China.

  • September 07, 1978

    Chinese Protests against Vietnam

    Three protest notes from the Chinese government over Vietnam's treatment of Chinese nationals and its suspension of railway traffic between the two countries.

  • October 05, 1978

    Chinese Government Delegation Leader's Statement at 8th Session of Sino-Vietnamese Negotiations

    Speech made by Chung Hsi-tung (Zhong Xidong) on the issue of Chinese nationals in Vietnam.

  • October 09, 1978

    Statement by Vietnamese Chief Delegate Hoang Bich Son at the 8th Meeting in the Negotiations between the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the People's Republic of China

    Hoang Bich Son discusses the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.

  • December 11, 1978

    Letter, Chen Chu to H.E. Baron Rudiger von Wechmar

    Chen Chu denounces the Vietnamese war against Cambodia as well as Hanoi's treatment of ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.

  • March 01, 1980

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

    A conversation with the Chinese ambassador on the Chinese population in the DPRK and China-ROK relationship