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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)

  • April 10, 1967

    Zhou Enlai's Talk with Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Excerpt from the talk in which Zhou Enlai offers encouragement and advice concerning the Vietnam War

  • April 10, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai discusses expansion of Vietnam War, as well as the development of a new front in Cambodia; also, a discussion on Prince Sihanouk and Lon Nol.

  • April 11, 1967

    Zhou Enlai's Talk with Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Zhou Enlai warns the Vietnamese delegation not to bend to Soviet demands.

  • April 11, 1967

    Discussion between Mao Zedong, Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Mao Zedong encourages Pham Van Dong to continue fighting and praises the Vietnamese on the resiliency, not only in the war against the Americans, but against the French and Japanese.

  • April 11, 1967

    Discussion between Chinese and Vietnamese delegations

    Zhou Enlai recounts previous relations concerning Taiwan and the GMD, America and the Soviet Union within the context of China’s recent history. He also emphasizes the need for Cambodian support.

  • April 12, 1967

    Hungarian Workers Party CC Minutes of Meeting held on 12 April 1967

    Members of the Hungarian Central Committee discuss recent trips to Moscow and Budapest. Those involved debrief the group on discussions at both locations over the domestic situation in China and its possible repercussions for international communism.

  • April 12, 1967

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi, Pham Van Dong and Vo Nguyen Giap

    Zhou Enlai discusses the class struggle present in China.

  • May 13, 1967

    Discussion between Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Qiao Guanhua and Vietnamese Ambassador Ngo Minh Loan

    Qiao Guanhua disagrees with the plan to send Soviet planes to Vietnam via air instead of rail.

  • November 10, 1967

    Memorandum, Chairman of the State Security Committee Andropov, Four American Servicemen Deserters from US Intrepid

    Four American servicemen who deserted in Japan from the US Intrepid as protest against US involvement in the Vietnam War. Andropov recommends that the Soviet Union help the four men come to Europe as part of a propaganda campaign.

  • January 21, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable

    The Vietnamese Politburo informs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) of plans to form a new front, the “Alliance of National, Democratic, and Peace Forces.” This group was to work to undermine the American war effort

  • February 02, 1968

    Record of a Conversation with Canadian Ambassador to the USSR R. Ford

    S.P. Kozyrev and the Canadian Ambassador review Soviet policy toward the resolution of the Pueblo Incident and the connections between developments in Vietnam and the military situation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • February 07, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Ho Chi Minh

    Zhou Enlai proposes to the Vietnamese to organize additional field army corps to carry out operational tasks far from home bases.

  • April 03, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable

    The Vietnamese Politburo informs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) of developments in the war following the 1968 Tet Offensive.

  • April 08, 1968

    Secret North Vietnam Politburo Cable

    The Vietnamese Politburo informs COSVN (the communist command in South Vietnam) of developments in the United States domestic politics which have impacted President Johnson's strategy in Vietnam. It also discusses goals for the upcoming diplomatic contacts with the US.

  • April 13, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai discusses with Pham Van Dong Vietnam’s course of action in the face of American turmoil at home and negotiations in Vietnam.

  • April 17, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai presses for a great victory, telling Pham Van Dong he must be ready to fight for the next three years.

  • April 19, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Pham Van Dong

    Zhou Enlai chastises the Vietnamese for seemingly being too conciliatory in negotiations and failing to take opportunities that would have allowed a stronger position against the US.

  • April 29, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Kang Sheng and Pham Van Dong

    Discussion on the international communist movement and the possible causes that could bring about collapse.

  • May 07, 1968

    Zhou Enlai’s talk with Xuan Thuy, Director of the International Liaison Department of the Vietnam Workers Party, in Beijing

    Zhou Enlai advises Xuan Thuy concerning the negotiations with the US, Enlai draws some parallels between Korea and Vietnam

  • May 07, 1968

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Chen Yi and Xuan Thuy

    Zhou Enlai draws on differences between the Korean War and the Vietnam War as a way to show the importance of strong negotiating tactics in Vietnam, he also asks Xuan Thuy to keep negotiations secret from the Soviets.