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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)

  • January 24, 1973

    Party Secretariat Directive No. 200-CT/TW

    The Vietnamese Workers' Party outlines its strategies following the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on January 23, 1975.

  • February 02, 1973

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Le Duc Tho

    Mao Zedong makes suggestions as to the course for action after the signing of the Paris Agreements.

  • February 02, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pen Nouth

    Zhou Enlai reads a statement from Mao Zedong expressing approval of the US withdrawal.

  • March 23, 1973

    Cable from Nguyen Thi Binh to the Politburo

    Nguyen Thi Binh sent a cable to the Politburo to report on her meeting with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Vietnam Tran Van Lam, in negotiations for the Paris Agreement.

  • February 25, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on the Struggle to Demand that our Opponents Implement the Paris Agreement

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee sent a cable to the local areas, following the instructions given in Directive 02/CT73 to prepare for the struggle in South Vietnam after the Paris Agreement was signed.

  • March 01, 1973

    Cable from Nguyen Duy Trinh [Foreign Minister of the DRV] to the Politburo

    Foreign Minister of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Duy Trinh sent a cable to the Politburo to report on his private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers concerning peace negotiations.

  • March 06, 1973

    Cable from Nguyen Duy Trinh to the Politburo

    Foreign Minister of the DRV Nguyen Duy Trinh sent a cable to the Politburo to report on the meeting of all sides to approve and sign the peace treaty on March 1 and 2.

  • March 09, 1973

    Meeting of the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee to Discuss Policy Guidelines and Struggle Goals of the South Vietnamese Revolution following the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

    Summary from a meeting of the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee held on March 9 and 10, 1973, to discuss the situation in South Vietnam and lay out goals and strategies for the revolution following the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

  • March 27, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Lays Out Immediate Missions and A Number of Urgent Tasks After Two Months of Implementing the Paris Agreement

    Two months after the Paris Agreement and ceasefire, COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issues a directive to address the precarious situation among all sides and lay out guidelines on urgent tasks to be carried out.

  • April 09, 1973

    Letter, Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes to Kurt Waldheim

    The Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes transmits a note of conversation between the Provisional Revolutionary Government and the Government of the Republic of Vietnam to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

  • April 25, 1973

    A Six-Point Proposal of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam on the Implementation of the Paris Accords and the Preparation for an Agreement on Internal Issues of South Vietnam

    Proposal by the Provisional Revolutionary Government at the 8th session of the Conference between two sides in South Vietnam: Ceasing all confrontation, releasing all civilian officials detained by both sides, guaranteeing the freedom and democratic rights of the South Vietnamese people, establishing a National Conciliatory Council, implementing a general election, and reducing both sides' armed forces.

  • May 09, 1973

    Letter, Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes to the Secretary General

    The Bureau de Liaison des Forces Centristes Sud-Vietnamiennes transmits to the Secretary General a note of the Republic of Vietnam's adherence to the Paris Peace Accords.

  • May 25, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Issues Information Bulletin No. 06/TT 73 on the Le Duc Tho-Kissinger Talks (17 to 22 May 1973)

    The COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee report on steps to be taken against the United States.

  • June 05, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Le Duan, Pham Van Dong and Le Thanh Nghi

    The role of China and Vietnam in the Cambodian revolution; also a discussion on the current situation in South Vietnam.

  • June 06, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Le Duan, Pham Van Dong and Le Thanh Nghi

    Le Duan asks Zhou Enlai for Chinese help in building industry and infrastructure, as per a previous agreement between China and Vietnam.

  • June 30, 1973

    COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee Guidance on Stepping up Struggle Activities Demanding that the U.S. and the Puppets Implement our Post-Paris Agreement Proposals

    Upon submitting a Post-Paris Agreement proposal at the negotiating table with the U.S. and the DRV, the COSVN Party Current Affairs Committee issues an announcement that requests all levels of command and all branches to launch another struggle phase focusing on three urgent issues: ceasefire; exchange of detained civilian personnel; and guaranteeing the right to freedom and democracy.

  • August 16, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai discusses his concerns regarding US negotiations in Cambodia.

  • September 18, 1973

    Politburo Sends Letter to COSVN, Region 5, Tri-Thien, Saigon, Hue, and Danang

    A letter, presumably written by Le Duan, offers a clarion call for war in the wake of the Paris Peace Accords.

  • October 08, 1973

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Le Thanh Nghi

  • October 12, 1973

    Verbatim Transcript of the Third Meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Zhou Enlai

    Zhou Enlai and Trudeau have a wideranging conversation on international politics, covering the Vietnam War, Sino-Japanese relations, Nixon's visit to China, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Arctic circle, and nuclear energy safeguards, among other topics.