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  • January 16, 1967

    Report on the Stance of the DPRK towards Albania

    Albanian officials examine North Korea’s positions toward Albania and revisionism and emphasizes that the removal of Khrushchev led to an improvement of relations between the Soviet Union and North Korea.

  • February 03, 1967

    [Mao Zedong's] Conversation with [Hysni] Kapo and [Beqir] Balluku

    Mao explains that he started the Cultural Revolution to purge revisionist and bourgeois elements from the Chinese Communist Party in an open and comprehensive way.

  • February 03, 1967

    Memorandum of Conversation between Chairman Mao Zedong and Comrades Hysni Kapo and Beqir Balluku

    Mao Zedong and Beqir Balluku discuss China's Cultural Revolution.

  • March 23, 1967

    Bulgarian State Security Chairman Angel Solakov’s Report at a Bulgarian Communist Party Plenum

    According to the State Security Committee chair, Angel Solakov, there has been a major shift in the policies of the West towards the Soviet bloc. While during the 1950s military face-off was often considered an option, in the late 1960s such possibility has been largely ruled out. Consequently the US and their allies in Western Europe are focusing their efforts on fighting socialism around the world through peaceful means, such as strengthening economic and cultural ties with the Soviet bloc countries. This calls for a change in the strategy of the State Security Committee intelligence operations. Solakov also reports on the anti-Soviet activities of the Chinese and Albanian intelligence services across Europe.

  • May 01, 1967

    Remarks from [Mao Zedong's] Audience with an Albanian Military Delegation

    In a meeting with Albanian military officials, Mao explains his reasons for starting the Cultural Revolution. He emphasizes that the purpose is to solve current problems in the world and dig out the roots of revisionism [within the Chinese Communist Party].

  • May 01, 1967

    [Mao Zedong's] Conversation with Distinguished Guests from Albania during the "May First" [Labour or International Workers' Day] Holiday

    In a meeting with visitors from Albania, Mao explains that China needs to "criticize, struggle, and achieve the 'Three Combinations' [for reorganizing the government] as soon as possible.

  • May 30, 1967

    Minutes of Conversation between Yugoslav President Josip Borz Tito and UAR Ambassador Mohamed Handy Abuzeid, in Varga

    Minutes of conversation between Tito and UAR ambassador Mohamed Handy Abuzeid, discussing the situation in the Middle East. The ambassador states the UAR's goal is peace thought a diplomatic solution at the UN. They also discuss Yugoslavia's problems with Greece and how the Yugoslavs might improve relations with Albania. Yugoslavia and the UAR express their hope to improve economic ties and maintain their good relations.

  • May 30, 1967

    Report on the talks of Josif Tito with UAR Ambassador Abuzeid in Vanga

    Tito and Ambassador Abuzeid discuss events in Egypt and the Middle East.

  • June, 1967

    [Mao Zedong's] Revisions for a Speech That Chinese Red Guard Delegates [Will Deliver] in Albania

    Mao deletes and revises phrases in a speech that Chinese Red Guards would subsequently deliver on a trip to Albania.

  • June, 1967

    Directive [from Mao Zedong] Regarding Comrade Yao Wenyuan’s Visit to Albania

    Mao reminds Comrade Yao Wenyuan to remain humble on his upcoming trip to Albania for the sake of China's Red Guards.

  • July 08, 1967

    Memorandum of Conversation between comrade Enver Hoxha and a Delegation of Chinese Red Guards

    Enver Hoxha announces that China's Red Guards have "risen to defend the Communist Party, Chairman Mao Zedong, and socialist China."

  • August 07, 1967

    Information on a Meeting between Piro Bita and the DPRK Ambassador

    Korean Ambassador to Albania informs Piro Bita of the charged situation in Korea, he addresses the issue of reunification and explains North Korea’s military and economic policy.

  • August 16, 1967

    Stenographic Note held during the Conversation between Chairman Mao Zedong and Vangjel Moisiu and Myfit Mushi in Shanghai

    Mao Zedong discusses the Cultural Revolution with a delegation from Albania.

  • September 30, 1967

    Memorandum of Conversation between Albanian Council of Ministers Chairman Mehmet Shehu and Mao Zedong

    A record of a meeting between Albanian Council of Ministers Chairman Mehmet Shehu and Mao Zedong. Each tells stories of the formation of the Communist cause in their respective countries, and of internal enemies of the Albanian cause, especially Koci Xoxe.

  • October 12, 1967

    Memorandum of Conversation between Albanian Labor Party Delegation and the Chinese Communist Party Leadership

    The record of a meeting between Mao Zedong and the Albanian Labor Party delegation. Mao describes the current condition of China in regards to some fighting that still continues and the waning enthusiasm of the population for continued violence.

  • November 03, 1967

    Report on the Stance of the Korean Workers' Party and the Relations with Albania

    Albanian officials describe North Korea’s relations with the Soviet Union in 1967 as well as Kim Il Sung’s cult of personality.