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  • January 02, 1951

    Special Report No.1 from the Korean Embassy in China to the Office of the President, 'The Secret Sino-Soviet Military Agreement'

    The Korean embassy in Taipei reports to Syngman Rhee with details on the alleged 'secret Sino-Soviet military agreement'.

  • March 19, 1956

    Report No. 77 from Young Kee Kim to Syngman Rhee

    Young Kee Kim briefs President Rhee about US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' visit to Philippines and the talk of reparations between Philippines and Japan.

  • April, 1956

    Draft Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Lt. General Choi Duk-shin

    President Rhee drafts an order to Choi Duk Shin to travel to Formosa (Taiwan) and South Vietnam in order to develop diplomatic relations and initiate discussion on a possible Seoul-Saigon-Taipei mutual defense pact. President Rhee specifically requests the exclusion of Japan from the defense pact.

  • April 05, 1956

    Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Lt. General Choi Duk-shin

    President Rhee orders Choi Duk Shin to travel to Formosa (Taiwan) and South Vietnam in order to develop diplomatic relations and initiate discussions on a possible mutual defense pact. President Rhee specifically requests the exclusion of Japan from the defense pact.

  • May 25, 1956

    Report on a Conversation with the American Ambassador in Saigon

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military pact between South Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and South Vietnam, as well as Korean assistance to Vietnam, with the American Ambassador to Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    CDS Report No. 2 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin briefly discusses the military alliance with Taiwan and outlines his first ceremonial meeting with the Vietnamese leadership.

  • June 01, 1956

    CDS Report No. 3 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military alliance with Taiwan and South Vietnam's positive response to establishing diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • June 08, 1956

    CDS Report No. 4 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with American General Williams about the possibility of South Korean military training assistance for the South Vietnamese military as well as several other conversations with foreign diplomats.

  • June 15, 1956

    CDS Report No. 5 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his recent activities in South Vietnam, briefly comments on recent foreign news papers calling for the nullification of the Korean Armistice Agreement, and announces the installment of the first South Vietnamese Ambassador to South Korea.

  • June 15, 1956

    Report of a Conversation with Mr. Nguyen Huu Chau

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with Secretary of State to the President, Nguyen Huu Chau the possibility of a South Korea-South Vietnam-Tiawan triple alliance.

  • June 21, 1956

    Letter No. 2 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee acknowledges Choi Duk Shin's recent report and urges Choi to be weary of possible Japanese inclusion in regional military alliances.

  • July 09, 1956

    Letter, Young Kee Kim to Chung Whan Cho

    Young Kee briefs Minister Cho on the five year immigration agreement between Philippines and Indonesia, press editorials on PI-US relations, and interaction between Athletic Associations in China, Korea, and Philippines.

  • July 25, 1956

    CDS Special Report No. 1 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the miscommunication of an invitation to the Vietnamese Foreign Minister to attend a defense conference in South Korea.

  • August 02, 1956

    CDS Report No. 12 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the general anti-communist situation in Vietnam, his planned radio broadcast in Vietnam, and recent social activities including a meeting with the Vietnamese Red Cross to discuss flood relief for South Korea.

  • August 03, 1956

    Letter No. 8 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly explains the possibility of South Korea-Italian relations and continues to warn Choi of Japanese involvement in Vietnam.

  • August 08, 1956

    Letter No. 9 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee comments briefly on the current anti-communist sentiment in South Vietnam and Minister Choi's upcoming participation on the Voice of Vietnam radio.

  • November 15, 1956

    CDS Report No. 24 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin offers his views on the crises in Hungary and the Middle East, urges President Rhee to organize immediate action against communist countries, and reports on Vietnamese domestic affairs including the recent typhoon and the continued Chinese minority debate.

  • November 24, 1956

    Radiogram, Korpital to Manila

    A message urging President Magsaysay to sign the message sent to President Eisenhower, about responding to the events in Hungary.

  • November 30, 1956

    Report No. 102 from Young Kee Kim to Syngman Rhee

    Young Kee Kim briefs President Rhee on the cable message to President Eisenhower from Korea, China, Vietnam, etc, about taking concrete action on the Hungarian Revolution, which the Philippines declines to sign.

  • December 20, 1956

    CDS Report No. 29 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the overall work of the legation, anti-communist strategies, Chinese ethnic minority normalization in South Vietnam, and Cambodian-Japanese relations.