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  • September 30, 1949

    Letter, from Syngman Rhee to Dr. Robert T. Oliver [Soviet Translation]

    Letter from Syngman Rhee translated into Russian. The original was likely found when the Communists seized Seoul. Syngman Rhee urges Oliver to come to South Korea to help develop the nation independent of foreign invaders and restore order to his country.

  • September 02, 1953

    Letter, John W. Staggers to Syngman Rhee

    John W. Staggers informs Syngman Rhee about his public perception in the American media.

  • June, 1954

    Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference, Top Secret Instructions to the ROK Delegation

    The South Korean delegation at the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference is told that "all the Free Nations of Asia should join in guaranteeing eternal security for each other" through a collective security arrangement.

  • June 15, 1954

    Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference, Minutes of the Opening Session

    Delegates from South Korea, China, Macao, the Philippines, and the Ryukyu Islands discuss the anti-communist struggle in the Asia Pacific.

  • June 15, 1954

    Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference, Press Release No. 2

    President Syngman Rhee proposes a "Pacific Pact or Alliance of Mutual Security" for non-communist countries in the Asia Pacific.

  • June 16, 1954

    Statement by President Syngman Rhee at the Fourth Session of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference

    President Syngman Rhee announces that the "Communist problem is not just a problem of one or two countries, but a world problem."

  • June 17, 1954

    Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference, Provisional Summary Record of the Third Session

    Minutes of the Third Session of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist Conference.

  • June 29, 1954

    Letter, President Syngman Rhee to Phra R. Nides

    Sygnman Rhee thanks Thai National Assemblyman Phra R. Nides for attending the meeting of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League in Chinhae, Korea.

  • July 14, 1954

    Letter, Young P. Lee, Acting Chairman of Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League Central Liaison Office, to Nguyen Van Tam

    Young P. Lee writes to Nguyen Van Tam and urges him to send delgates to the Central Liaison Office of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League in Seoul.

  • December, 1954

    Message, President Syngman Rhee to General Taylor and his forces

    In this Christmas Message, President Rhee addresses General Taylor and the US Forces. He praises the US troops for their victory against the communist aggression during the Korean War. Rhee recognizes America for continuing to “defend human liberty” not only in Korea but in all of Asia. Rhee ends the message with the goal of creating a “free, united, and democratic” Korea.

  • 1955

    Memorandum, 'Urging US to have ACTIVE policies towards Korea'

    The author of this memorandum proposes that the US should: 1) Dissolve the ad hoc committee on Korea, 2) reinforce ROK troops to be equal with DPRK troops, 3) increase economic aid for recovery of Korea, 4) move UN forces headquarter to Korea where UN troops are stationed, and 5) impose sanctions on a pro-communist policy in Japan.

  • March 08, 1955

    Statement of Young P. Lee, Chairman of the Central Liaison Office, Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League

    Young P. Lee objects to Japan attending a meeting of the Asian Peoples' Anti-Communist League.

  • March 28, 1955

    Report on a Trip to Vietnam

    Choi Duk Shin and Young P. Lee summarize their travels through Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Vietnam, including their discussions on politics, military situations, cultural sharing, and strategies for Free Asia to join together against Communism.

  • July 17, 1955

    Letter, Lieutenant General Collier to President Rhee

    For the 7th anniversary of Korea’s Constitution Day, General Collier congratulates and praises South’s Korea’s determination to fight communism and remain an independent nation.

  • 1956

    Note about a talk between Chin Hang Kong and Minister De Castro

    Mr. Kong urges delegates from Philippines to participate in the Anti-Communist Youth Conference

  • August 15, 1956

    A Realistic View of the Problems Now Affecting Korea presented by Young Kee Kim for the 8th Anniversary of the Independence of Korea

    Young Kee Kim gives speech about Korean history and expresses anti-Communism, especially towards North Korea.

  • September 11, 1956

    Caucus Opening Remarks Made by Mr. Chin Hang Gong, Head of the Korean Delegation to the Saigon APACL Preliminary Meeting

    Chin Hang Gong announces that "the time of crisis is upon us" during his address to an APACL meeting in Saigon.

  • September 20, 1956

    Letter No. 18 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Secretary Byung Shik Sohn

    President Rhee briefly responds earlier report on APACL meeting in Saigon.

  • October 15, 1956

    Anti-Communist Youth and Students Conference, Introductory Remarks by Mr. Sung Soo Whang

    Sung Soo Whang opens the Anti-Communist Youth and Students Conference.

  • October 15, 1956

    Anti-Communist Youth and Students Conference, Remarks by Kyu Nam Choi

    Minister of Education Kyu Nam Choi tells attendees at the Anti-Communist Youth and Students Conference that "the future of Asia is on your shoulders"