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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • April 12, 1955

    Journal Entry of Ambassador Zhukov: Breakfast With Huang Zhen

    This journal entry from Zhukov describes the breakfast that was given by Huang Zhen in honor of Soviet author N.S. Tikhonov on March 31, 1955. Zhen and Tikhonov exchanged "short greetings." Zhen then informed Zhukov that numerous newspaper reports stating that Ho Chi Minh will head the North Vietnamese delegation at the upcoming Bandung Conference are incorrect. Mao Shen, the Chinese military attache, also relayed to Zhukov his concern over security issues at the upcoming African-Asian Conference.

  • April 19, 1955

    Main Speech by Premier Zhou Enlai, Head of the Delegation of the People's Republic of China, Distributed at the Plenary Session of the Asian-African Conference

    Zhou Enlai calls for increased cooperation between the countries of Asia and Africa at the Bandung Conference.

  • May 10, 1955

    Report from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Comments on the Asian-African Conference from the Participating Countries After the Conference'

    Description of the reaction to the Asian-African Conference in both participating countries and capitalist ruled countries.

  • May 18, 1955

    Draft Telegram to Hanoi Soviet Ambassador on Instructions for Meeting with Ho Chi Minh

    Telegram to the Soviet Ambassador in Hanoi with instructions to meet with Ho Chi Minh about discussion between Yudin and Bibrovski. The Ambassador is to discuss the situation in South Vietnam and to ask if assistance is required.

  • May 19, 1955

    Molotov to CC CPSU on United States and French Relations in South Vietnam

    V. Molotov reports to CC CPSU on American undermining of France in Vietnam. He believes that the situation should be used to promote unification and that American policies are not properly exposed.

  • May 27, 1955

    Draft Telegram to Hanoi Soviet Ambassador on Instructions for Meeting with Pham Van Dong

    Telegram to Soviet Ambassador in Hanoi instructing to meet with Pham Van Dong and inform him of Soviet position on agreement between Democratic Republic of Vietnam and France against the United States in South Vietnam.

  • May 27, 1955

    Draft Telegram to the Soviet Ambassador in Beijing

    Draft telegram providing instructions to inform Premier Zhou Enali about a meeting between Soviet Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam Lavrishchev and Pham Van Dong. The meeting addressed French-DRV relations and plans in South Vietnam.

  • May 28, 1955

    V. Molotov Telegram to CC CPSU on Vietnamese-French Relations

    V. Molotov and the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs tell the CC CPSU that a draft is being sent to Ambassador Lavrishchev in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with instructions on how to respond to the preliminary analysis of the Vietnamese-French relations.

  • June 10, 1955

    Telegram to Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs V.A. Zorin from Army General Antonov

    Telegram to V. A. Zorin on establishment of a mixed Soviet-Chinese military mission in Hanoi.

  • September 23, 1955

    Telegram from V. Zorin on Chinese-Vietnamese Relations

    In this telegram, V. Zorin discusses Chinese economic relations with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. China has sent instructions to recall economic and political advisors from the DRV, but the Soviet Ambassador to the DRV has determined that economic assistance is still needed.

  • October 03, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Vu Van Mau

    Choi Duk Shin announces that South Korea would like to establish diplomatic relations with South Vietnam and exchange envoys.

  • November 08, 1955

    Letter from the Secretary of State of the Republic of Vietnam to Lt. General Choi Duk Shin

    The South Vietnamese Secretary of State writes to Choi Duk Shin, expressing his country's desire to establish diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • November 10, 1955

    Letter from the President of the Republic of Vietnam to Lt. General Choi Duk Shin

    In response to a previous letter, the President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, thanks Choi Duk Shin and briefly mentions United States foreign aid.

  • November 15, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to the President of the Republic of Vietnam

    Choi Duk Shin reports briefly on the current situation of Vietnam and the expectations for the first South Vietnam presidential elections.

  • November 26, 1955

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin discusses his recent correspondence with both South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem and the Foreign Minister about their anti-communist stance and the possibility of establishing a Korean Legation in Saigon, Vietnam.

  • December 29, 1955

    Letter, Young Kee Kim to Chung Whan Cho

    Young Kee Kim briefs Minister Cho on the talk with Minister Cao Thai Bao from the Vietnam Legation about appointing a minister to Korea.

  • January 09, 1956

    Report No. 70 from Young Kee Kim to Syngman Rhee

    Young Kee Kim briefs President Rhee on Philippines' concern on China, especially regarding Formosa. He also reports on President Magsaysay's appointment of economic advisors and government officials.

  • March 26, 1956

    Letter from His Sacredness Ho-Phap Cong Tac to President Syngman Rhee

    After offering a detailed account of the separation of North and South Vietnam by foreign powers, Ho-Phap Cong Tac requests that President Rhee support the peaceful reunification of Vietnam.

  • March 30, 1956

    Letter from Choi Duk-shin to Dr. Syngman Rhee

    Choi Duk Shin offers his opinion on the establishment of a Korean Legation in South Vietnam and discusses his personal desire to remain in the military service as opposed to the diplomatic corps.

  • April, 1956

    Draft Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Lt. General Choi Duk-shin

    President Rhee drafts an order to Choi Duk Shin to travel to Formosa (Taiwan) and South Vietnam in order to develop diplomatic relations and initiate discussion on a possible Seoul-Saigon-Taipei mutual defense pact. President Rhee specifically requests the exclusion of Japan from the defense pact.