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  • April 19, 1948

    Extract from Shortwave Listening Post, 19th April, 1948

    Singapore Radio reports that the Chinese National Assembly has proposed the formation of a "pact against communism" among Southeast Asian countries.

  • June 17, 1954

    Notes on Possible Topics for Discussion with Chou En-lai [Zhou Enlai]

    The notes indicates Australia's focus on peace in Indochina and improving relations with China.

  • June 18, 1954

    Minutes, Meeting between Zhou Enlai and the Australian Minister for External Affairs, Richard Casey (Summary)

    Zhou and Casey discuss issues of Korean unification, PRCs recognition in the UN, and Indochina. Zhou insists that if a nation establishes military bases in another country's territory, it is for aggressive reasons.

  • June 18, 1954

    Record of Interview between the Right Hon. R.G. Casey and Mr. Chou En Lai [Zhou Enlai]

    Record of conversation in the third person between Australian official R.G. Casey and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai during the Geneva Conference. The report describes their discussion of the situations in Korea and Indochina and China's foreign relations.

  • June 18, 1954

    Record of Conversation between R.G. Casey and Chou En-lai [Zhou Enlai], Geneva, 18th June 1954

    Record of conversation in first person by Australian official R.G. Casey during the Geneva Conference 1954. Casey discusses his first meeting with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and describes Zhou's attitude toward the situation in Korea and Indochina.

  • June 28, 1954

    Record of the First Meeting between Premier Zhou and Prime Minister U Nu

    Zhou Enlai and U Nu first talked about the decision made on the Geneva Conference regarding the armistice in the Korean Peninsula and the role of the US in it. Then they talked about the elements that complicated the Sino-Burmese relations and the need for building mutual trust and signing a non-political agreement. They also discussed the principles they would have in a joint statement before the signing of this potential agreement.

  • April 03, 1955

    Minutes of Premier Zhou Enlai’s Meeting with Indonesian Ambassador Arnold Mononutu

    Indonesian Ambassador to China and Zhou Enlai talked about the Ambassador's plan to accompany Zhou Enlai to Burma before coming to Indonesia for the Asian-African Conference. They also discussed lodging for the Chinese delegation in Jakarta as well as the principle of non-interference in other countries' affairs.

  • May 10, 1955

    Report from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Comments on the Asian-African Conference from Capitalist Ruled Countries After the Asian-African Conference'

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry summarizes (predominantly) Western leaders' statements about the Bandung Conference. Secretary Dulles expressed great satisfaction with the "useful and good conference," especially its role in "checking China," while Great Britain expressed strong disapproval of China's behavior at the conference and France was "shocked" that Algeria was discussed. Israel and Australia expressed regret that they were excluded from the conference.

  • May 10, 1955

    Report from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Comments on the Asian-African Conference from the Participating Countries After the Conference'

    Description of the reaction to the Asian-African Conference in both participating countries and capitalist ruled countries.

  • May 30, 1956

    Letter, Young Kee Kim to Chung Whan Cho

    Young Kee Kim briefs Minister Cho on the unofficial visit of Korean vessels to Philippines and trade agreements between Philippines and Portugal, US, Australia, and Korea.

  • July 25, 1956

    Letter No. 6 from Syngman Rhee to Young Kee Kim

    President Rhee informs Minister Kim about recent visit of the Australian Prime Minister.

  • July 30, 1956

    Letter, Young Kee Kim to Chung Whan Cho

    Young Kee Kim briefs President Rhee on the reshuffling of the Philippines' foreign service personnel in Tokyo, India, Seoul, and Burma.

  • November 29, 1956

    Letter, Director-General of Security Colonel Charles Spry to Prime Minsiter Robert Menzies

    Spry, the director of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), apologizes for the arrest of KGB defector Vladimir Petrov, who was under ASIO protection when he left a safehouse and got into an argument while drunk.

  • December 10, 1956

    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Report, 'Australian Soviet Friendship Society'

    At a social event in Sydney held in honor of the Soviet Olympic team, Soviet runner Vladimir Kutz received a gift which contained a dead rat painted yellow.

  • September 05, 1957

    CDS Report No. 56 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the Colombo Plan Conference, President Diem's visit to Australia, and recent Vietnamese affairs.

  • October 06, 1957

    L.H.K. Report No. 7 from Lincoln Hoon Kim to Francesca Rhee

    Minister Kim reports to Mrs. Rhee on the schedule of the week, including visit of the ICA Korean Educational Mission, dinner with the Swiss Minister, and meeting with Philippines' Undersecretary of Commerce and Industry.

  • November 29, 1957

    CDS Report No. 65 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Japanese Premier Kishi's travels in Southeast Asia, the current situations in Thailand and Laos, and Malaya's fright against communism.

  • December 06, 1957

    CDS Report No. 66 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Japanese PM Kishi's trip to Southeast Asia, the promotion of Korea-Vietnam cultural relations, the upcoming SEATO war maneuvers in Thailand, and other recent Vietnam and regional affairs.

  • June 06, 1958

    File Note of Consul General Andrzej Szewiński in Sydney to Department III Dep. Director B. Lewandowski

    Szewiński meets with Cutler and McMillan to discuss Australian opinions on the Rapacki Plan and Australian-Polish relations. Cutler acknowledges the value of the Plan but the necessity of modifications, as well as Australia's tendency not to publicly adopt positions contrary to those of the US and Great Britain.

  • November 13, 1958

    Journal Entry of Ambassador Volkov: A Conversation with Subandrio

    A journal entry from B.M. Volkov, the Soviet Ambassador to Indonesia, about a meeting with Subandrio, the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on October 22, 1958. Over the course of about an hour, they discussed several issues of Indonesian internal and foreign affairs, including concerns about unrest in Thailand and interference from the West, tension with Australia over possession of West Irian (Indonesian New Guinea), Sukarno's upcoming visit to Latin America and Subandrio's upcoming visit to the Soviet Union.