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  • December 14, 1965

    Memorandum of a Meeting of Minister Erich Mielke with Nguyen Minh Tien on 13 December 1965

    The East German Minister of State Security, Erich Mielke, meets with the head of North Vietnam’s Technical Operations Sector, Nguyen Minh Tien. Tien requests the transfer of expertise from East Germany in a number of different areas, including covert photography, remote surveillance (e.g. “bugging”) and counterfeiting.

  • February 10, 1966

    Note on a Meeting of Minister Erich Mielke with Nguyen Minh Tien on 1 February 1966

    Notes from a 1966 meeting between Erich Mielke, Nguyen Minh Tien, and several other East German officials. Tien summarizes the results of recent East German/North Vietnam collaboration, including laying the groundwork for the establishment of a Technical Operations Department in North Vietnam and makes several requests, including assistance with training of cadres. Mielke expresses East Germany’s intent to help North Vietnam, indicates that East Germany will buy advanced technology for North Vietnam, and proposes sending OTS (Operational-Technical Sector) and other specialists to Vietnam to learn more about the conflict.

  • April 12, 1972

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai and Nguyen Tien

    Zhou Enlai expresses support for Vietnam in the face of more US bombing.