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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.

  • July 06, 1956

    CDS Report No. 8 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his involvement in recent ceremonies as well as his discussion with Vietnamese Secretary of State for Agrarian Reform Ngyuyen Van Thoi about possible Vietnam-Korea trade.

  • July 13, 1956

    Letter No. 5 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    In response to Minister Choi's previous report, President Rhee agrees to discussion on possible Vietnam-Korea trade for insam.

  • July 26, 1956

    CDS Report No. 11 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Vietnamese trade situation, possible Korea-Vietnam trade, Vietnam-Japanese relations, Vietnamese regional trade relations, and recent social activities.

  • 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 09, 1956

    CDS Report No. 13 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his visit to Cai-San Refugee Resettlement Area, Vietnam-Japanese relations, communist activities in Laos, and recent social activities.

  • August 16, 1956

    Letter No. 11 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee expresses concern for American support of Japan as well as the developing communist situation in Laos.

  • 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

    Letter No. 29 from the President to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly praises South Vietnam's reparations negotiations with Japan.

  • July, 1957

    Draft Letter to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee writes a draft to Choi discussing the possibility of establishing an information center within the Legation in Saigon.

  • August 01, 1957

    CDS Report No. 50 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussions with dignitaries on the topics of Vietnamese military training and Japanese economic relations, discusses recent Vietnamese affairs, and reports on the Cambodia and Laos crises.

  • August 08, 1957

    Letter No. 84 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee warns Choi about possible Japanese influence on U.S. dignitaries, listing past remarks as examples.

  • 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.

  • August 30, 1957

    Letter No. 88 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee requests clarification on the dates of President Diem's visit to South Korea and briefly discusses President Diem's reliance on U.S. advice for foreign relations.