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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • December 29, 1954

    Telegram #982 from K. Novikov to V. M. Molotov

    Telegram discussing statements of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Pham Van Dong, regarding critique of Ngo Din Diem.

  • March 21, 1955

    Letter from Humphrey Trevelyan to Zhou Enlai

  • 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.

  • May 18, 1955

    Draft Telegram to Hanoi Soviet Ambassador on Instructions for Meeting with Ho Chi Minh

    Telegram to the Soviet Ambassador in Hanoi with instructions to meet with Ho Chi Minh about discussion between Yudin and Bibrovski. The Ambassador is to discuss the situation in South Vietnam and to ask if assistance is required.

  • May 19, 1955

    Molotov to CC CPSU on United States and French Relations in South Vietnam

    V. Molotov reports to CC CPSU on American undermining of France in Vietnam. He believes that the situation should be used to promote unification and that American policies are not properly exposed.

  • November 10, 1955

    Letter from the President of the Republic of Vietnam to Lt. General Choi Duk Shin

    In response to a previous letter, the President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, thanks Choi Duk Shin and briefly mentions United States foreign aid.

  • 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

    Telegram on Record of April 1956 Conversation with Nguen Zui Chin

    Record of Nguen Zui Chin's discussion with USSR Ambassador M. V. Zimyanin and Sokolov about the meeting of the IXth CC PTV Plenum, whose goal was to review resolutions of the USSR XXth CPSU Congress. The Plenum discussed a range of topics including American involvement in South Vietnam, the cult of personality and propaganda, foreign policy, the sixth five-year plan of the USSR, economic and cultural development, strengthening the Party, peoples' assemblies, and Party leadership. Chin also detailed streamlining party organizations.

  • June 06, 1956

    Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee orders Choi Duk Shin to no longer pursue the creation of a South Korea-South Vietnamese defense pact.

  • 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.

  • July 13, 1956

    CDS Report No. 9 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Vice President Nixon's visit and his statements in Karachi concerning communism in East Asia, discusses the "Cao Dai" religion in relation to communism, and briefly mentions his visit with French Ambassador Hoppenot.

  • 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.

  • February 15, 1957

    Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    In Choi Duk Shin's absense, Pyung Sik Son reports on the invitation of Korean sports teams to South Vietnam, discussion about South Korea's admittance into the U.N., and the "Columbia Maru" Korean stowaways incident.

  • April 19, 1957

    Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Pyung Sik Son reports on the "International Anti-Communist Exhibit" held in South Vietnam and the visit of a South Korean naval delegation to Thailand.

  • May 03, 1957

    Weekly Report from Pyung Sik Son to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Pyung Sik Son reports that the Korean artists mission in Saigon has successfully introduced Korean culture to and has made good impression upon the Vietnamese people.

  • June 20, 1957

    CDS Report No. 44 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

  • July 31, 1957

    Letter from Choi Duk Shin to Senator William F. Knowland

    Based on his recent travels, Choi Duk Shin offers three perspectives on the political thoughts of developing nations in Southeast Asia possess towards communism.

  • August 10, 1957

    Memorandum from George W. Wood for Lt. Col Lee, 'Visit of Vietnamese Officers to Korea to Observe the Korean Service Corps'

    George W. Wood of the US Eighth Army agrees with the proposal for South Vietnamese officers to come to South Korea for study and training.

  • August 22, 1957

    CDS Report No. 53 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his meeting with the South Vietnam Foreign Minister, President Diem's visit to Thailand, and recent Vietnamese and regional relations.