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  • September 21, 1959

    Report by Qiao Xiaoguang on a Conversation with Kim Il Sung

    Qiao Xiaoguang, the Chinese Ambassador to North Korea, reports to the Central Committee that Kim Il Sung expressed the desire to discuss North Korea's economic development with Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi. Kim also states his support for the CCP and the solidarity of the China-DPRK relationship.

  • June 12, 1960

    The Economic and Political Situation of the DPRK

    The memorandum elaborates on the rapid economic growth and development in domestic policies in the DPRK after the Korean War.

  • August 24, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador to the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 24 August 1960

    The Soviet Ambassador describes an August 24 meeting between a delegation of the Soviet-Korean Friendship Society and Kim Il Sung.

  • March 16, 1961

    Chinese Policy toward the DPRK and Behavior of the Chinese Ambassador in Pyongyang

    Hungarian Ambassador Károly Práth reports on friction between China and North Korea and describes several instances of discourteous behavior between the two parties.

  • July 11, 1961

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung

    Zhou Enlai and Kim Il Sung discuss economic cooperation between China and North Korea, including industrial development in North Korea, Chinese economic support to North Korea, bilateral trade, Chinese training of North Korean technicians, agricultural development in North Korea, cross-border migration, and development strategies in the DPRK.

  • December 13, 1961

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and Ri Ju-yeon

    Zhou Enlai and Ri Ju-yeon discuss steel production, agricultural production, and electricity production in North Korea as well as Sino-North Korean trade and economic cooperation.

  • November 04, 1962

    Record of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and North Korean Government Trade Delegation

    Premier Zhou Enlai and DPRK Government Trade Delegation discuss bilateral trade between China and North Korea. They emphasize the importance of exchanging requests for product types so as to improve quality of products produced from both sides. In addition, they are concerned about the trade imbalance between these two countries and with the Soviet Union. They emphasized the importance of self-reliance in economic development.

  • January 30, 1963

    Cable from the Chinese Foreign Trade Ministry

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Trade sends a report on trade negotiations with North Vietnam and North Korea.

  • January 30, 1963

    Summary of Trade Negotiations with Korea and Vietnam for 1963

    A Chinese report regarding its successful conclusion and prompt signing of two trade agreements with North Korea and Vietnam in 1963.

  • April 08, 1963

    The Influence of the Chinese Communist Party on the Policy of the Korean Workers Party

    An East German diplomat analyzes the behavior of the Korean Workers' Party in 1962 and 1963, and concludes that the Chinese Communist Party has a great influence on North Korea because of the traditional relationship and Korea and China.

  • February 18, 1964

    Report from the Science and Technology Committee and the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee on the Issue of Giving Scientific and Technical Literature to the DPRK

    The Science and Technology Committee of the PRC and the Foreign Cultural Liaison Committee of the PRC reports on North Korea's request for scientific and technical assistance from capitalist countries through China.

  • March 28, 1964

    Conversation Notes from Zhou Enlai’s Reception of a Delegation of the DPRK Academy of Sciences

    In a meeting with a delegation of the DPRK Academy, Zhou Enlai emphasizes the need for transparency as well as China's intentions to help its North Korean comrades with the establishment of agencies for electronic engineering.

  • September 05, 1964

    Minutes of Conversation between Kim Il Sung and the Chinese Economic Goodwill Delegation

    An exchange of views between Kim Il Sung and the Chinese Economic Goodwill Delegation on economic development in the DPRK and China. Kim says that North Korea appreciates the technical assistance and support from China. Further, they discussed the Soviet revisionists' activities against North Korea.

  • September 22, 1964

    Opinions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Receiving the Korean Workers’ Party Delegation

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the PRC and DPRK share the same views on all the major issues. It wants to prepare a warm reception for the North Korean delegation, headed by Choe Yong-geon, attending the 15th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. A note attached to the bottom of the message suggests that Choe Yong-geon might have a meeting with Liu Shaoqi.

  • September 23, 1964

    Minutes of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and the Chief of the DPRK Trade Delegation Bang Tae-ryul

    Minutes of a trade negotiation between Premier Zhou Enlai and the Chief of the DPRK Trade Delegation Bang Tae-ryu. The representatives discuss the self-reliance of their economies, as well as trade policies between them and with the international market.

  • December 29, 1964

    Science and Technology Committee on the Request for Instructions on Handling the Technical Materials Mentioned by the North Korean Expert Group during their Visit to China

    The Science and Technology Committee reports to the Foreign Office of the State Council on challenges regarding the transfer of scientific and technologic assistance to North Korea. It then provides suggestions for improved coordination, communication, and controls to facilitate the process.

  • 1965

    Analysis of Current Czechoslovakian-North Korean Relations

    Czech diplomats assess the DPRK's relations with Eastern European countries, including the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia.

  • July 12, 1965

    Changes in the Leadership of the Korean Workers Party and the Government of North Korea

    Report about the improvement of North Korean relations with East Germany and the Soviet Union. A slight pejoration of North Korean-Chinese relations is also marked.

  • December 10, 1965

    Minutes of Conversation between Ri Ju-yeon and PRC Foreign Trade Vice Minister Li Qiang

    Ri Ju-yeon and PRC Foreign Trade Vice Minister Li Qiang exchanged views on bilateral trade between China and North Korea.

  • December 11, 1965

    Cable from Li Qiang to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A report on Li Qiang’s discussion with Ri Ju-yeon on industrial production and bilateral trade issues between China and North Korea. They also discussed about the quality of North Korean productions and the exchange of North Korean personnel in a Chinese vinylon factory.