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  • June 09, 1989

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning North Korea’s attitude towards Tiananmen Square protests

    According to Polish reports from Pyongyang, the North Korean leadership interpreteted the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in relation to lack of monolitic unity among the Chinese leadership and China's reform policies.

  • June 10, 1989

    Secret Instructions by State Security (MfS) Chief Erich Mielke to Heads of all State Security Units

    In response to Western reports about the Tiananmen Square protests, Chief Erich Mielke alerts State Security to suppress all offensive anti-Chinese activity and propaganda in the GDR.

  • June 27, 1989

    Untitled report from Mieczysław Dedo, Polish Ambassador to the DPRK, concerning the visit of Yasser Arafat in North Korea (25-26 June 1989)

    Poland's ambassador to North Korea reports on cooperation between the Palestinian state and the DPRK following Arafat's visit.

  • July 14, 1989

    Letter to Cde. Erich Honecker from Cde. Schabowski on a Meeting with Jiang Zemin

    Jiang Zemin describes the Tian'anmen Square Incident, stating that the "counterrevolutionary revolt had deep roots" and that the People's Liberation Army suffered casualties during the protests.

  • July 15, 1989

    Excerpts from the Conversation between Mikhail Gorbachev and Rajiv Gandhi

    Gorbachev and Gandhi discuss the Tiananmen Square Incident in China and the ongoing turmoil within the Chinese Communist Party, including the fate of Zhao Ziyang.

  • July 29, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 29 July 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 29 July 1989 describes the latest developments in Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Honduras, Cambodia, the Soviet Union, China, Chile, Sri Lanka, India, and Panama.

  • August 01, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 1 August 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 1 August 1989 describes the latest developments in Lebanon, Cuba, Poland, the Soviet Union, Iran, China, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.

  • August 09, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Wednesday, 9 August 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 9 August 1989 describes the latest developments in Iran, Lebanon, the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Poland, Suriname, South Korea, and East Germany.

  • August 10, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Thursday, 10 August 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 10 August 1989 describes the latest developments in Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Panama, the Soviet Union, China, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Korea, and West Germany.

  • August 22, 1989

    Note by Vladimir Lukin regarding Soviet-Chinese Relations

    Vladimir Lukin speculates on the future of China and Sino-Soviet relations in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square Incident.

  • September 29, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Friday, 29 September 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 29 September 1989 describes the latest developments in China, Tunisia, the Soviet Union, Ecuador, Peru, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Philippines, Indonesia, Iran, and Brazil.

  • October 04, 1989

    Excerpt of a Politburo Meeting

    Gorbachev comments on how communist parties should deal with unrest, such as what took place in Beijing in June 1989.

  • October 17, 1989

    Protocol #43 of the Meeting of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the SED

    Egon Krenz, newly appointed General Secretary of the SED, reports on his recent visit to China.

  • October 24, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 24 October 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 24 October 1989 describes the latest developments in the Soviet Union, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Colombia.

  • November 03, 1989

    Decision by Bulgarian Secretariat on Bulgarian Foreign Minister Petar Mladenov's Visit to China

    With this decision, the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Bulgarian Communist Party approves the official visit by Foreign Minister Petar Mladenov to China from 4-11 November 1989.

  • November 08, 1989

    Summary of Visit by Czechoslovak Foreign Minister Jaromír Johanes to China

    This report includes information on economic cooperation projects between Czechoslovakia and China and on the political situation in both countries. While the Czechoslovak side focuses on the democratization of the country, China points to its consolidated Socialist system. Also attached are records of conversations between Jaromír Johanes, Li Peng, and Jiang Zemin.

  • November 28, 1989

    Ciphered Telegram No. 219, Embassy of Hungary in Pakistan to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Short report on India's response to Pakistan's purchase of a nuclear reactor from China.

  • December 01, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Friday, 1 December 2019

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 1 December 1989 describes the latest developments in Eastern Europe, USSR, Taiwan, Italy, Iran and Bulgaria.

  • December 02, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 2 December 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for Saturday, 2 December 1989 describes the latest developments in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, USSR and South Korea.

  • December 05, 1989

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 5 December 1989

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 5 December 1989 describes the latest developments in Philippines, East Germany, the Soviet Union, South Korea, Cambodia, Chile, Warsaw Pact, European Community, Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe.