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  • November 25, 1978

    Hua Guofeng's Second Speech at the CCP Central Work Conference

    Hua Guofeng discusses the 1976 Tiananmen Incident following Zhou Enlai's death, the Gang of Four, and purges within the Chinese Communist Party (including Peng Dehuai, Tao Zhu, and Yang Shangkun).

  • December, 1978

    The Politics of the Chinese Leadership after the 11th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

    This Soviet study of the Chinese leadership after the 11th congress of the Communist Party of China analyzes Chinese foreign policy in the late 1970s, discusses issues related to China's internal situation, especially in military matters, and condemns Maoism as an essentially anti-Communist ideology.

  • December, 1978

    East German Report on the Tenth Interkit Meeting in Havana, December 1978

    This report, issued after the tenth Interkit meeting in Havana, addresses China's domestic and foreign policies. China is said to be obstructing the process of international détente by developing relations with NATO and West Germany. The report condemns the Chinese interference in Romanian, Yugoslavian and Korean politics. The authors believe that China is trying to divide the Socialist countries into two opposing groups. The newly intensified Chinese-US relations are criticized, as is China's policy of allowing more Western influence to shape its domestic policies and economic strategies.

  • December 11, 1978

    Letter, Chen Chu to H.E. Baron Rudiger von Wechmar

    Chen Chu denounces the Vietnamese war against Cambodia as well as Hanoi's treatment of ethnic Chinese in Vietnam.

  • December 13, 1978

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

    Hua Guofeng reflects on the conclusion of the 1978 Central Committee Work Conference, and describes his policy of the "two whatevers," or the decision to uphold Mao Zedong's policies and instructions.

  • December 13, 1978

    Ye Jianying's Speech at the Closing Session of the CCP Central Work Conference

    Ye Jianying reflects on the "Fascist dictatorship perpetuated by Lin Biao and the Gang of Four."

  • December 18, 1978

    Memorandum by Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 'The 1978 Ministerial Atlantic Council'

    Notes from the NATO Ministerial meeting. Topics discussed included the need to "relaunch" détente, Soviet policy in Africa, US optimism about SALT, political tensions in Romania, China and the Baltics, and European concerns over Soviet medium range missiles.

  • December 18, 1978

    TELEGRAM 067.056 from the Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Romanian Embassy in Pyongyang presents evidence which suggests that relations between North Korea and the Soviet Union have cooled.

  • 1979

    Comrade B on the Plot of the Reactionary Chinese Clique Against Vietnam

    Speech by Comrade B (Le Duan) regarding the plot of reactionary Chinese clique against Vietnam. The document illuminates the views and attitudes of Vietnam's top leader in the crisis year 1979, and also some aspects of the situation within the socialist camp at that particular juncture.

  • January 25, 1979

    Note of the Foreign Ministry of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Sent to the Chinese Embassy in Ha Noi on the Viet Nam - China Railway Service

    The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry claims that China is violating Vietnamese sovereignty.

  • February 07, 1979

    General Meeting of Prime Minister and Vice Premier Deng (Summary Record)

    Deng and Ohira discuss China and Japan's relations with Pakistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the U.S.

  • February 07, 1979

    Meeting of Foreign Ministers Sonoda and Huang Hua (Summary Record)

    Huang Hua and Sonoda discuss Vietnam, Cambodia, and Korea.

  • February 07, 1979

    Meeting of Former Prime Minister Fukuda and Vice Premier Deng (Summary Record)

    Deng and Fukuda discuss developments in Cambodia, among other subjects.

  • February 07, 1979

    Meeting of Former Prime Minister Tanaka and Vice Premier Deng (Summary Record)

    Deng and Tanaka discuss Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and ASEAN, among other subjects.

  • February 07, 1979

    Tête-à-tête Meeting of Prime Minister and Vice Premier Deng (Record)

    Deng and Ohira discuss developments in Indochina and on the Korean Peninsula, as well as relations with the United States.

  • February 09, 1979

    Mongolian Record of Conversation with Soviet Officials in Moscow, February 1979

    Discusses the cancellation of the alliance treaty between China and the Soviet Union, and the impact this will have on the Mongolian People’s Republic. They are urged not to hurry the cancellation of the treaty, however, because China has not yet explicitly asked for it. They also note that there are anti-Soviet propaganda items being spread in Korea, and the growing role the U.S. is playing in Chinese affairs.

  • February 10, 1979

    Message from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam addressed to the Secretary-General

    The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry reports that Chinese troops have amassed along the Sino-Vietnamese border.

  • February 10, 1979

    Urgent Message from Nguyen Duy Trinh

    Nguyen Duy Trinh informs the UN Secretary General of China's military maneuvers on the Sino-Vietnamese border.

  • February 12, 1979

    Chinese Foreign Ministry's Note to the Vietnamese Embassy in China Protesting against Viet Nam's Military Provocations

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry accuses Vietnam of sending troops into Yunnnan and Guangxi and attacking Chinese citizens.

  • February 15, 1979

    Letter, Chen Chu to Ambassador A.Y. Bishara

    Chen Chu announces that "the Vietnamese authorities are pursuing a policy of aggression and expansion abroad."