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  • 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 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.

  • August 23, 1956

    CDS Report No. 15 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on current Vietnam affairs, General John O'Daniel's visit, Vietnam's opinions toward Red China's presence in Burma, and his recent social activities.

  • August 30, 1956

    CDS Report No. 16 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choe Deok-sin reports that the South Vietnamese government has dispatched ships to the Spratly Islands, and comments on the status of the Overseas Chinese in Vietnam, exchanges between Vietnam and Japan and the Philippines, and Vietnam's economic policies.

  • September 06, 1956

    CDS Report No. 17 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his participation in the National Day of the Tree inspection tour and discusses Vietnamese relations with India, China, and Japan.

  • September 13, 1956

    CDS Report No. 18 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the APACL meeting in Saigon,Vietnamese government strategy for Chinese minorities, and Vietnamese-Japanese reparation negotiations.

  • September 13, 1956

    Letter No. 17 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee reiterates the importance of the APACL movement and praises Vietnam for their reparations negotiations with Japan.

  • October 19, 1956

    CDS Report No. 20 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his audience with President Diem, voices concern about the possibility of Japan being admitted into the United Nations, and briefly discusses recent Vietnamese internal dealings with the Chinese minority, and the possibility of Japanese reparations.

  • November 08, 1956

    CDS Report No. 23 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the delivery of President Rhee's letter to President Diem, Vietnam-Taiwan relations on the topic of Chinese minorities living in Vietnam, and recent South Vietnam affairs including an exhibit displaying proofs of Communist Viet Minh activities.