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Vietnam War

 Documents on the Vietnam War. These telegrams, minutes, and discussion notes range from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1970s, and most come from Chinese and Albanian archives. There are many documents from Albania archives on Vietnam-Albanian relations. The collection also includes several Chinese telegrams and memorandums on foreign and economic relations with Indochina, as well as discussions with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong. See also the Indochinese War and the 1954 Geneva Conference. (Image, American POW, 1973, US Department of Defense, DDST9904270)

  • September 07, 1969

    Zhou Enlai’s talk with Ion Gheorghe Maurer, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Romania, in Beijing

    Excerpt from the talk in which Zhou Enlai discusses the Soviet Union’s role in Vietnamese negotiations.

  • November 20, 1969

    North Vietnam Politburo Resolution No. 194-NQ/TW, On Policy Toward Captured American Pilots in North Vietnam

    North Vietnam Communist Party resolution containing detailed instructions for improving the treatment and living conditions of American prisoners of war.

  • March 21, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai advises to support Prince Sihanouk over Lon Nol.

  • March 22, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Prince Sihanouk

    Zhou Enlai gives Sihanouk China’s support in the Cambodian Revolution.

  • March 28, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Prince Sihanouk

    North Korea and several Arabic countries support Prince Sihanouk, but Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union is holding back. Zhou Enlai reassures Prince Sihanouk that the Soviets will reconsider.

  • April 01, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Prince Sihanouk

    Zhou Enlai expresses approval that the Cambodian people want Prince Sihanouk to return.

  • April, 1970

    Information from Krum Bosev, Charge d’Affairs of the Bulgarian Embassy in Beijing, 'The Chinese Position on the Cambodian Events'

    Bosey reports on Chinese policy regarding Cambodia following the March 1970 coup and removal of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.

  • May 08, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan on the NDP's return to the National Assembly yet their limited authority and Park Chung Hee's extension of only non-military assistance to Cambodia.

  • May 11, 1970

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Le Duan

    Mao Zedong advises Le Duan not to fear the United States.

  • May 27, 1970

    Foreign Minister, Department of Political Affairs, Asia-Oceania, Note, 'Polish Opinion about Chinese Policy'

    The Secretary of the Polish Embassy in Paris offers his views on Sino-Soviet relations in the context of developments in the Vietnam War.

  • June 17, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Nguyen Thi Binh

    Zhou Enlai assures Nguyen Thi Binh that victory in Vietnam is possible, despite expansion.

  • July 07, 1970

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Kaysone Phomvihane

    Mao Zedong meets with members of the Laotian People’s Revolutionary Party and gives them his support.

  • July 23, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Trinh Dinh Thao

    Zhou Enlai discusses the advantages and disadvantages of signing the Geneva accords.

  • August 07, 1970

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

    A telegram from the Embassy of Hungary in North Korea reporting on North Korean-Vietnamese relations and their struggle against the United States.

  • September 17, 1970

    Eight Points of Clarification to the Ten-point Solution of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam

    Eight points of clarification put forward by the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam in the 84th session of the Paris Conference: The US had to withdraw unconditionally from Vietnam. If the US withdew by June 30, 1971, the revolutionary forces would not attack American and Allies' forces and negotiations on guaranteeing safety for the withdrawing forces and the release of POWs would be commenced immediately. The Provisional Revolutionary Government would talk to a new government without Thieu-Ky-Khiem (the three leaders of the government of South Vietnam) about a political solution in South Vietnam. The people of South Vietnam would choose their political regime through a general election without foreign intervention. The South and the North would then reestablish normal relations and negotiate reunification peacefully.

  • September 17, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Pham Van Dong outlines two new diplomatic offensives the NLF is taking against the US. Zhou Enlai proposes sending Chinese representatives to the front to observe the situation in South Vietnam.

  • September 19, 1970

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai asks Pham Van Dong to stop sending students to Europe, opting for education by Chinese teachers in Vietnam instead; he also praises recent Vietnamese diplomacy.

  • September 20, 1970

    Discussion between Ambassador Wang Youping and Pham Van Dong

    Wang Youping asks Pham Van Dong Vietnam’s position on points concerning the revolution in Cambodia.

  • September 23, 1970

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Pham Van Dong

    Mao Zedong praises Vietnam for skilled military and diplomatic efforts.

  • November 03, 1970

    Telegram Number 4549/52, 'Sino-Hungarian Relations and the Indochina Problem'

    Etienne Manac’h, reporting on a thaw in relations between China and Hungary, suggests that the PRC seeks "a greater zone of autonomy vis-à-vis the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe."