A new East-West highway is being built through Formosa's mountains.
oven. Finally they were allowed to disembark, again at gun point, and were
herded into the tiny waiting room of
a local airline, where they spent the
night sleeping on tables.
This unfortunate episode occurred
first, because the plane was British,
and Britain recognizes Red China.
Second, among the passengers were
businessmen from all over Southeast
Asia, and who knows but that there
were Communists among the lot? The
fact that there also were people —
British. Chinese and Southeast Asians
— who might very well be impressed
by courteous treatment, entirely escaped the trigger-happy Nationalists.
Fear Alienates Friends
It is obviously a part of Communist
strategy to isolate Free China, and this
aim i.s being accomplished. Free China
has but few friends in Southeast Asia,
in spite of the magnificent story it has
tei tell. Vet the Nationalist government
spent the better part of June wrangling
with the Philippines, one of its few
remaining friends. The cause? A Filipino had landed on an uninhabited
island in the South China Sea, and
removed a Chinese flag. No one lives
on the island, ancl no one ever will live
there. But because she is frightened,
because "face" is still important, the
government of Free China engaged in
weeks of stupid controversy with one
of the few safely anti-Communist gov-
t-iiiine-nts in Asia.
There is an interesting sidelight to
this episode. An American radio network had asked President Chiang Kai-
shek for a feature interview which
would have been carried by several
hundred stations. But the Chinese Foreign Ministry was so busy writing and
translating indignant notes for transmission to the government of the Philippines that it could not spare a single
man to translate the epiestions for the
interview into Chinese.
Stakes Extremely High
It must be- obvious that the stakes in
Asia are extremely high, that United
Nations membership for Reel China
cannot be allowed on the basis of
America's national interest. At the
very best it will mean American prestige will sink to a new low. And, at
worst, it will be a long step toward
loss of a continent.
But this is the negative aspect of the
problem. It is not enough merely to
block the Communists in their efforts
to seat Red China. For if the effort
fails this year, it will be tried again.
And all the while the Communists
will be continuing their infiltration of
Southeast Asia anel Japan.
What, of a positive nature, can be
done to offset Red China's growing
prestige, her so-far-successful efforts
to infiltrate and subvert the people of
Veteran Far East correspondent
Rodney Gilbert, in a new ly published
book, Competitive Coexistence (FreeJ
Enterprise Publications), states that]
"Red China can not only be destroyed]
from without, but can be destroyed
from within; and in a relatively short I
time." Gilbert sees three ways in j
which the Chinese Reds might be de-l
stroyed. One would be a spontaneous |
ancl reckless popular revolt, in which j
he believes Communist soldiers would
join. The second would be a conspin |
acy within the top Red Army convl
mand. Ancl the third would be a movement touched off by a Chinese Nationalist landing on the China coast.
Chinese Reds Face Problems
There is growing evidence of serf1
ous unrest in China. Currently there
are revolts under way in Tibet and i"
Inner Mongolia. But let us admit tin'*
Mr. Gilbert is too optimistic, that revolt of a general nature is not now i"
sight. Even so, it seems obvious that]
the Chinese Reds are facing seriow |
problems. And if it is an aim of the
United States to contain ancl eventually force the defeat of communism-
it is certainly the height of folly to
consider admitting Red China to the
United Nations. For, with admission-
there will come increased trade, wlii*-'1
the Chinese need badly. Anything
which in any way eases the probli'i'1'
of these gangsters is contrary to th'
best interests of the Free World a'1'
of the United States.
But even more pertinent than h>*
observations about the inevitability "
revolt, is a .suggestion Mr. Cill"'r
makes in his book. To hasten the c""1'
ing of a massive counter-revolutii'1'-
Gilbert suggests the use of the org'1"'
ized expression of anti-Commun**
sentiment in all the Chinese coinm"'
nities outside Red China. An effectWJ
and continuous expression of hostih"
to and contempt for Red tyranny "
the homeland of the 12 milliem ove1'
seas Chinese will, Gilbert belieVjj
have a devastating effect upon ■*J
morale of millions of Comniu111'
cadres, propagandists, thc stud*?
bodies of Chinese schools, ancl the- fleers of the Reel Army.
Gilbert writes, "A small part of "'
money tossed into 'neutralist' state's
Asia, with a sneer for thanks. \vn"
finance the organization of articii'*'
anti-communism throughout the C -
ncse communities in Southeast \*1'1,
Although he does not go quite
enough. Gilbert has hit the nail on "!j
head. There is an antidote, which
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