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  • April 05, 1956

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

    President Rhee orders Choi Duk Shin to travel to Formosa (Taiwan) and South Vietnam in order to develop diplomatic relations and initiate discussions on a possible mutual defense pact. President Rhee specifically requests the exclusion of Japan from the defense pact.

  • May 17, 1956

    CDS Report No. 1 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the installation of a Korean Legation in Saigon as well as general information about the legation set up and the surrounding area in South Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    Report on a Conversation with the American Ambassador in Saigon

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military pact between South Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and South Vietnam, as well as Korean assistance to Vietnam, with the American Ambassador to Vietnam.

  • May 25, 1956

    CDS Report No. 2 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin briefly discusses the military alliance with Taiwan and outlines his first ceremonial meeting with the Vietnamese leadership.

  • May 25, 1956

    Telegram on Record of April 1956 Conversation with Nguen Zui Chin

    Record of Nguen Zui Chin's discussion with USSR Ambassador M. V. Zimyanin and Sokolov about the meeting of the IXth CC PTV Plenum, whose goal was to review resolutions of the USSR XXth CPSU Congress. The Plenum discussed a range of topics including American involvement in South Vietnam, the cult of personality and propaganda, foreign policy, the sixth five-year plan of the USSR, economic and cultural development, strengthening the Party, peoples' assemblies, and Party leadership. Chin also detailed streamlining party organizations.

  • May 31, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation from Premier Zhou Enlai's Reception of Ambassador R.K. Nehru

    Premier Zhou Enlai and Ambassador Nehru discuss the Korean ceasefire, the role of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Committee, the Sino-American ambassadorial talks, and the situation in Indochina.

  • June 01, 1956

    CDS Report No. 3 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin discusses the possibility of a military alliance with Taiwan and South Vietnam's positive response to establishing diplomatic relations with South Korea.

  • June 06, 1956

    Letter from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee orders Choi Duk Shin to no longer pursue the creation of a South Korea-South Vietnamese defense pact.

  • June 08, 1956

    CDS Report No. 4 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with American General Williams about the possibility of South Korean military training assistance for the South Vietnamese military as well as several other conversations with foreign diplomats.

  • June 08, 1956

    Letter, Young Kee Kim to Chung Whan Cho

    Young Kee Kim reports to Minister Cho on the conflict between China, Philippines, and Japan over Spratlys and the persons in the Trade and Goodwill Mission.

  • June 14, 1956

    Letter No. 1 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee states that Choi Duk Shin's proposal to offer South Korean assistance to the South Vietnamese military training was premature.

  • June 15, 1956

    CDS Report No. 5 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his recent activities in South Vietnam, briefly comments on recent foreign news papers calling for the nullification of the Korean Armistice Agreement, and announces the installment of the first South Vietnamese Ambassador to South Korea.

  • June 15, 1956

    Report of a Conversation with Mr. Nguyen Huu Chau

    Choi Duk Shin outlines his discussion with Secretary of State to the President, Nguyen Huu Chau the possibility of a South Korea-South Vietnam-Tiawan triple alliance.

  • June 16, 1956

    Letter from Choi Duk Shin to Mr. Vu Van Mau

    Choi Duk Shin informs Vietnam of the problematic usage of the name "South Korea" in the local press.

  • June 21, 1956

    Letter No. 2 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee acknowledges Choi Duk Shin's recent report and urges Choi to be weary of possible Japanese inclusion in regional military alliances.

  • June 22, 1956

    CDS Report No. 6 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin suggests inviting the President of South Vietnam to South Korea and reports on the initiation of the office's weekly bulletin and Colonel Kim Sang Bong's visit to Saigon.

  • June 28, 1956

    Letter No. 3 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee disagrees with Minister Choi suggestion to issue an invitation to the South Vietnamese President on the basis that Korea is still at war.

  • June 29, 1956

    CDS Report No. 7 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the office's Korean and Vietnamese news bulletin as well as Mr. William J. Sebald's visit to Saigon.

  • July 05, 1956

    Letter No. 4 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee applauds Choi Duk Shin's news bulletin efforts and comments on the need to continue to share the story of Korea.

  • July 06, 1956

    CDS Report No. 8 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his involvement in recent ceremonies as well as his discussion with Vietnamese Secretary of State for Agrarian Reform Ngyuyen Van Thoi about possible Vietnam-Korea trade.