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  • July 07, 1978

    Vietnamese Government's Note to Chinese Government

    The Government of Vietnam is disturbed by the atrophying of relations with China.

  • July 24, 1978

    Notes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that it is recalling its Consul General from Ho Chi Minh City and complains about Vietnam's treatment of the Hoa people.

  • July 25, 1978

    Transcript, Meeting of East German leader Erich Honecker and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, Crimea, 25 July 1978 (excerpt)

    Brezhnev and Honecker discuss the tense status of Soviet-American relations and the current situations in China and Southeast Asia.

  • August 01, 1978

    TELEGRAM 066.808 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang reports that, for a second time in 1978, the DPRK has published excerpts critical of the USSR from the Chinese press.

  • August 12, 1978

    Untitled report from Wolt, Polish Intelligence Station Beijing, concerning the mutual visit of Cambodian and North Korean delegations in China

    A Polish report from Beijing speculates on North Korean-Cambodian and Sino-North Korean ties.

  • August 30, 1978

    Evaluation by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of the Normalization of US-Chinese Relations

    In this evaluation of Chinese-US rapprochement, elaborated by the Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), Moscow states that Beijing is going to great lengths to demonstrate its willingness to cooperate closely with Washington, including through the creation of a global strategic alliance between China and the US against the Soviet Union and the entire Socialist community. Moscow urges its Eastern European allies to make use of all political and ideological means available to fight against the creation of a unified front between China and the US.

  • August 31, 1978

    Record of Conversation with H.E. Mr. William H. Gleysteen, Jr.

    Ambassadors Gleysteen and Miller discuss relations between North Korea and South Korea and the regional situation in Northeast Asia in 1978.

  • September, 1978

    Note from the Conversation with the Politburo Member of the CC CPS, Minster of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, Comrade Andrei Gromyko

    A short excerpt from a discussion about China

  • September 05, 1978

    Speech made by Pham Van Dong

    Pham Van Dong speaks on the war against Pol Pot and Ieng Sary, the issue of the Hoa people in Vietnam, and border disputes with China.

  • September 06, 1978

    TELEGRAM 078.081 from the Romanian Embassy in Tokyo to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The ROK expresses concern over the Japan-PRC peace treaty, while Japan asserts that signing the treaty will not change its position toward the Korean question.

  • September 07, 1978

    Chinese Protests against Vietnam

    Three protest notes from the Chinese government over Vietnam's treatment of Chinese nationals and its suspension of railway traffic between the two countries.

  • October 05, 1978

    Chinese Government Delegation Leader's Statement at 8th Session of Sino-Vietnamese Negotiations

    Speech made by Chung Hsi-tung (Zhong Xidong) on the issue of Chinese nationals in Vietnam.

  • October 09, 1978

    Statement by Vietnamese Chief Delegate Hoang Bich Son at the 8th Meeting in the Negotiations between the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the People's Republic of China

    Hoang Bich Son discusses the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.

  • October 23, 1978

    Record of Meeting between Prime Minister Fukuda and Vice Premier Deng (First Meeting)

    Deng Xiaoping and Fukuda Takeo discuss Sino-Japanese relations, the Soviet Union, Vietnam, and Soviet-American negotiations over nuclear weapons.

  • October 25, 1978

    Record of Meeting between Prime Minister Fukuda and Vice Premier Deng (Second Meeting)

    Deng and Fukuda discuss Korea, Taiwan, economic cooperation, and the status of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.

  • October 27, 1978

    Conspect of Conversations with V. I. Potapov, Chief of Romanian Sector of CPSU CC Section

    V.I Potapov informs about a visit to Bucharest of the CPSU delegation led by A. A. Gromyko and the discussions regarding the “Bessarabian question,” criticism of the CPSU regarding RSR’s relations with the USA and NATO and independent relations with China, RSR’s distancing from the Soviet Union and the other socialist countries in terms of foreign policy.

  • November 01, 1978

    TELEGRAM 1/010020 from the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang

    The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports on recent changes in trilateral relations between North Korea, the Soviet Union, and China.

  • November 10, 1978

    Hua Guofeng's Speech at the Opening Session of the CCP Central Work Conference

    Hua Guofeng assesses developments in China since the Chinese Communist Party "smashed the Gang of Four" in 1976. He calls for the CCP to continue to follow the path laid down by Mao Zedong, and comments on China's economic policy and foreign policy.

  • November 18, 1978

    'Pakistan Proliferation Problem,' Department of State Cable 292469 to US Embassy United Kingdom

    Discussion of a British list of countries that were actual or potential manufacturers of inverters. The U.S. does not want to approach any "nuclear threshold states" yet because some might not cooperate or might inform Pakistan. Also discusses strategies for approaching the Soviet Union and China in the future.

  • November 22, 1978

    Meeting of the Political Consultative Committee of the Warsaw Treaty Member Countries

    Meeting minutes taken by Romanian Ambassador Vasile Sandru at sessions of the Warsaw Treaty Political Consultative Committee, taking place in Moscow on 22-23 November 1978. Session I contains a speech by Leonid Brezhnev in which he discusses détente, Warsaw Pact economic cooperation, disarmament, national liberation movements, and relations with China, the Western countries, and Japan. In Session II and III political leaders of the other Warsaw member countries respond to Brezhnev’s speech. Session IV features a report by Commander-in-Chief Viktor Kulikov on the United Armed Forces. He recommends an increase in military expenditures. All of the leaders agree, except for Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania.