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  • May 10, 1965

    Letter from Zhang Aiping, et al., to Zhou Enlai and Luo Ruiqing on the Nuclear Test

    On May 10, Chinese military officials confirm that they are prepared to detonate an aerial nuclear explosion but, due to unfavorable weather conditions, must postpone the test until May 12 or 13.

  • May 11, 1965

    Letter from Zhou Enlai to Mao Zedong on the Nuclear Test

    Zhou Enlai informs Mao Zedong that favorable weather conditions will allow them to carry out the aerial nuclear test explosion. An official statement for the press has also been prepared.

  • May 12, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Premier Zhou and Nguyễn Minh Phương

    Zhou Enlai and Nguyen Minh Phuong discuss the possibility of convening an international conference on Cambodia.

  • May 12, 1965

    Note by the East German Embassy in Hanoi on a Joint Conversation with the Ambassadors from other Socialist Countries in the Hungarian Embassy on 4 May 1965

    Soviet Ambassador Ilya Shcherbakov informs a meeting of Socialist Ambassadors of Soviet-Vietnamese talks in Moscow. He notes that the United States realizes it does not have the international support for Vietnam that it had expected, and that the Soviet Union will continue to support Vietnam in the struggle. He argues that there is still much anti-Soviet propaganda in Vietnam, which comes from the Chinese, and points out three positions of the Chinese that he does not understand.

  • May 15, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria, 'Reflections on China’s Second Nuclear Test'

    The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria reports how representatives from throughout the socialist bloc in Bulgaria responded to China's second nuclear test.

  • May 15, 1965

    Cable from the Military Attache of the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, 'Reactions to China's Second Nuclear Explosion'

    The Chinese Embassy in Moscow reports reactions from students and military personnel in the USSR to China's second nuclear test.

  • May 16, 1965

    Discussion between Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Min asks Mao Zedong for help to build roads along the border to South Vietnam; Mao agrees.

  • May 16, 1965

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Nguyen Van Hieu and Nguyen Thi Binh

    Zhou Enlai addresses Nguyen Van Hieu and Nguyen Thi Binh concerning the steps to take should the US escalate in Vietnam and expand into China, comparing Vietnam to Korea.

  • May 16, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Reaction to China's Second Successful Nuclear Test'

    The Chinese Embassy in Pyongyang reports the enthusiastic responses of North Koreans to China's second nuclear test.

  • May 16, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Poland to International Liaison Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'A Few Polish and Czech Reactions to Our Second Nuclear Bomb Test Explosion'

    The Chinese Embassy in Poland assesses the responses to the Chinese nuclear test among socialist countries in Eastern Europe.

  • May 17, 1965

    Discussion between Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping and Ho Chi Minh

    Zhou Enlai and Deng Xioaping offer to chastise Soviet revisionists on behalf of North Vietnam

  • May 17, 1965

    Letter from the Mayor of Nagasaki to Premier Zhou Enlai

    The Mayor of Nagasaki expresses regret over China's second nuclear test.

  • May 17, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union, 'Reactions to China's Second Nuclear Test'

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in the Soviet Union describing positive responses of Soviet officials and the foreign missions regarding China's second successful nuclear test.

  • May 19, 1965

    Note about North Korean Internal Affairs

    A description of the Korean Workers' Party involvement in economic and company affairs.

  • May 19, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, 'Reaction to China's Second Nuclear Test'

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia describing positive responses of Indonesian government officials, media and public regarding China's second nuclear test.

  • May 19, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, 'Reactions to China's Nuclear Test'

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan describes different responses of Pakistani government officials and foreign government diplomats in Pakistan regarding China's first nuclear weapons test.

  • May 19, 1965

    Liu Shaoqi, 'Speech at the Reception of the Comrades of the Central Military Commission War Planning Meeting'

    Speech on China's state of preparations for war with the United States.

  • May 20, 1965

    Intelligence Note from Thomas L. Hughes to the Secretary, 'Swedish Military Chief Seeks Appropriation for Nuclear Weapons in Next Budget'

    In a move interpreted by INR as part of a pro-nuclear “propaganda campaign,” Swedish Supreme Commander Torsten Rapp reportedly asked for funds for to cover the costs of nuclear weapons acquisition.

  • May 21, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Kuznetsov and the North Korean Ambassador to the Soviet Union Kim Byeong-jik

    On behalf of Kim Il Sung, Ambassador Kim Byeong-jik expresses thanks to the Soviet Union for their donation of weapons and military equipment in the amount of 150 million rubles.

  • May 21, 1965

    Zhou Enlai’s Speech at the War Planning Meeting of the Central Military Commission

    Zhou Enlai’s Speech at the War Planning Meeting discussing China’s atomic testing