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77 Conversations

In May 1998, the Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project published a groundbreaking collection of documents on the rise and fall of the Sino-Vietnamese alliance during the Cold War in a Working Paper titled "77 Conversations Between Chinese and Foreign Leaders on the Wars in Indochina, 1964-77." This collection consists of documents originally featured in "77 Conversations," as well as alternative and related versions of those documents that have become available since since 1998 at various archives and repositories around the globe.

Popular Documents

June 21, 1975

Conversation Record of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Meeting with Pol Pot, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Kampuchea

This records contains the full transcript of the talks between Mao and Pol Pot (an excerpt was originally published in CWIHP Working Paper #22, '77 Conversations between Chinese and Foreign Leaders on the Wars in Indochina'). Mao Zedong muses on the nature of the struggle between the capitalist and socialist forces within China. He tells Pol Pot not to blindly follow the Chinese model, but adopt Marxist theory to the Cambodian realities.

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.

March 1, 1965

Zhou Enlai Talking to Ho Chi Minh

Zhou Enlai discusses new Soviet Party leadership, a joint statement of support of Vietnam from socialist countries and close observation of Soviet military activities.

November 2, 1979

Letter Dated 2 November 1979 from the Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

The Vietnamese Permanent Representative to the UN submits an excerpt from a record of conversation between Pol Pot and Hua Guofeng, dated September 29, 1977.

June 21, 1975

Conversation between Chinese leader Mao Zedong and Cambodian Leader Pol Pot

Mao Zedong muses on the nature of the struggle between the capitalist and socialist forces within China. He tells Pol Pot not to blindly follow the Chinese model, but adopt Marxist theory to the Cambodian realities. Excepts.