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The Second Asian-African Conference

In 1965, countries in Asia and Africa sought to convene the Second Asian-African Conference, a follow up to the 1955 Bandung Meeting. The Conference was called off due to the Sino-Soviet split and the toppling of the Ben Bella government in Algeria. (Photo: Zhou Enlai visits Algeria in December 1963.) (See also: Bandung Conference, 1955.)

  • June 21, 1965

    Minutes of the Third Meeting between Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nasser

    Zhou Enlai, Gabal Abdel nasser, and Abdel Hakim Amer discuss the coup against Ben Bella, the new leadership in Algeria, and the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • June 21, 1965

    Minutes of the Second Meeting between Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nasser

    Zhou and Nasser discuss developments in Algeria, the Second Asian-African Conference, oil in the Middle East, US foreign policy, and the economic situation in Egypt.

  • June 22, 1965

    Minutes of the First Meeting between Premier Zhou Enlai and President Nasser

    Zhou Enlai and Gamal Abdel Nasser discuss developments in Algeria and the fate of the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • June 23, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Premier Zhou Enlai and the Foreign Minister of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika

    The conversation was about the domestic incidents within Algeria. Zhou expressed China's standpoints on these incidents. Zhou and Bouteflika also discuss the fate of the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • June 25, 1965

    Summary of Premier Zhou’s Conversation with President Nasser

    Nasser and Zhou discuss the different reactions across Asia and Africa to the proposed postponement of the Second Asian-African Conference. Nasser also queries Zhou about developments in Vietnam.

  • July 13, 1965

    Summary of Premier Zhou’s Conversation with President Nasser

    Nasser and Zhou react to Abdelaziz Bouteflika's proposal to postpone the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • July 14, 1965

    Summary of Premier Zhou's Conversation with President Nasser

    Zhou Enlai and Nasser discuss a delay in a planned foreign ministers meeting for the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • July 23, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Vice-Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua and North Korean Ambassador in China Pak Se-chang

    Qiao Guanhua and Pak Se-chang discuss the four-party meeting between China, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the United Arab Republic (Egypt), the Afro-Asian Conference, and the situation in Algeria.

  • August 12, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Premier Zhou and Trần Văn Thanh, Chief, Delegation in China of National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam

    Zhou Enlai and Trần Văn Thanh discuss the war in South Vietnam, Singapore's departure from the Federation of Malaya, and prospects for the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • September 03, 1965

    Record of Premier Zhou Enlai’s Fourth Conversation with Guinea’s Minister of Posts and Communications Minister Diop

    Zhou Enlai and Alhassane Diop discuss prospects a second Asian-African Conference as well as Soviet policy toward the Vietnam War.

  • September 09, 1965

    Conversation between Chairman Liu Shaoqi and Premier Zhou Enlai and Charge d'Affaires Jeong Bong-gyu at the 17th National Day Reception held at the North Korean Embassy

    Liu Shaoqi and Jeong Bong-gyu discuss the Indo-Pak War, the likelihood of holding the Second Asian-African Conference, and the war in Vietnam.

  • October 11, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Vice-Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua and North Korean Ambassador in China Pak Se-chang

    Qiao Guanhua and Pak Se-chang exchange opinions on the holding of a second Afro-Asian conference.

  • October 20, 1965

    Record of Conversation from Premier Zhou Enlai's Reception of Zakaria El-Adly Imam, Ambassador of the United Arab Republic (UAR) to China

    Zakaria El-Adly Imam believes that there are too many divisions in the Afro-Asian world at present to continue with plans to host the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • October 22, 1965

    Letter from Premier Zhou Enlai to North Korean Premier Kim Il Sung

    Zhou Enlai writes to update Kim Il Sung on the status of the proposed Second Asian-African Conference.

  • October 27, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Letter from Premier Kim Il Sung to Premier Zhou Enlai'

    The Chinese Embassy in North Korea forwards a letter from Kim Il Sung concerning the Second Asian-African Conference.

  • October 27, 1965

    Letter from Premier Kim Il Sung to Premier Zhou Enlai

    Kim Il Sung informs Zhou Enlai on North Korea's attitude toward the Second Asian-African Conference

  • November 10, 1965

    Memorandum of the First Conversation between Premier Zhou Enlai and Vice Premier Ri Ju-yeon

    Zhou Enlai and Ri Ju-yeon have an extensive discussion on the situation in Asia and Africa.

  • November 11, 1965

    Record of Second Conversation of Premier Zhou Enlai and Vice Premier Chen Yi with Foreign Minister Pak Seong-cheol

    Chen Yi, Zhou Enlai, Pak Seong-cheol, and Ri Ju-yeon have a detailed conversation about the situations in Indonesia, Algeria, Uganda, Mali, Guinea, and members of the Third World.