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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956 - File 050. 1956-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1609/show/1589.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date October 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript Freedom's Fortress (Continued horn page 6) r\\ properly used and in the right dosage, can change the whole picture in Asia, and can create an organized ancl articulate anti-communism in the Chinese communities that would spill over and infect the Malays, the Thais, and the Indonesians. Rut it will not be possible to stir up anti-Communist feeling merely by damning Red China. Most overseas Chinese are pro-Communist because there seems to be no alternative. Free China Has Only Antidote The reason there has been no alternative is that either through decisions of controlling governments in Southeast Asia, or because the Communists have captured the press, it has not been possible for the Chinese in Singapore, Indonesia, or Borneo to know anything about the other China — Free China on Formosa. Ancl Free China has a magnificent story to tell; it has the only antidote for creeping communism in Southeast Asia. It is a difficult story to tell, because Free China has no official representatives in the vast, Chinese city of Singapore. Even Hong Kong, with two million refugees from Communist China, has no Nationalist representative. Free China has no relations with Indonesia, British Borneo, the Federated Malax States, or Burma. It is extremely difficult for Nationalist Chinese to visit most of these areas, and impossible for a holder of a Nationalist passport to visit Indonesia or Burma. During the summer of 1956 a high Nationalist official visited all the nations of Southeast Asia except Burma anel Indonesia, but he traveled incognito and with American assistance. Typical of the general problem faced is the story of a group of anti- Communist students in Singapore who attempted to organize to fight Red control of the high schools. For months the British held up the necessary registration certificate. The organization was finally allowed to register, but under this innocuous name, "The Singapore Youth Arts Society." All this in an area where the British have spent millions of dollars in actually fighting the Reds! (It should be observed in passing that officially the British have not been fighting Communists in the jungles of Malaya; the enemy are called "bandits" or terrorists. The Brit- Page 48 ish have developed neutrality in Singapore to a fine point where there can be no organized anti-Communists be-- cause there are officially no Communists. ) When we add the difficulties caused by the Free Chinese themselves, we have a situation where it is difficult to apply the needed antidote. I have mentioned the manner in which the Nationalist government has responded to problems now faced. It is ironic that this government which supposedly finances a vast "China Lobby" in the United States will not allow an American citizen to visit Formosa until permission has been obtained from Taipei, by cable, and at a cost of $10 ancl three to six weeks waiting. It is also hard to understand why Free China, while officially inviting American tourists to visit Formosa, makes it almost impossible to visit some of the most scenic areas. A tourist cannot officially take a picture of the government building in downtown Taipei, even though picture post cards of the building can be purchased a block away; also, a power development that is widely pictured in United States and Chinese government publications cannot be snapped. An American taking a picture of the Silo Highway bridge in Central Formosa, even if a mile away, would be mobbed by guards. Yet this same bridge is pictured on postage stamps currently in use. Problems Must First Be Solved So it is clear that there are problems to be solved before Rodney Gilbert's "organized expression of hostility and contempt" for the Chinese Reds can be developed. The simple truth is that there is a considerable degree of hostility and contempt for the Nationalist government that must first be overcome. But before undertaking to show how the problems can be solved, we need to knoxv just what Free China has to tell the people of Asia. It has been on its refugee island for seven years. What are Free China's accomplishments that might impress the people of Southeast Asia? Under the Nationalist government, the standard of living on Formosa has become, barring the possible exception of Japan, the highest in all Asia. While Nehru of India has talked loudly of improving the lot of the peasant, Free China has put into effect a sweeping land reform program that has virtually eliminated farm tenancy anel has increased agricultural productions to heights never achieved even during the clays when Formosa was ruled by the efficient Japanese. While Red China has boasted of its campaign against flies, Free China has completely eliminated cholera, plague, smallpox, typhus — all the dread scourge diseases of Asia. While Communist China's industrial, social and agricultural "revolution" have taken the lives of 15,600,000 citizens executed ancl placed 25 million people in slave labor camps, Free China has had a peaceful industrial revolution that has paralleled the improvement in agriculture to make of Formosa what one American writer recently called "The Switzerland of Asia." Over 90 per cent of the children of Free China are in school, ancl tbe literacy rate is among the highest in Asia. Magnificent Progress on Offshore Islands The accomplishments of the Nationalist government on the offshore islands, Matsu anel Quemoy, make 8 thrilling story. Quemoy has been under constant artillery fire for seven years. It was a barren island, devoid of trees, populated by some 40,000 fanners and fishermen who barely eked out a living. Today Quemoy 's the paradise island of the China coast. exporting hogs and vegetables. Rs once barren hills are now green. Where there were three schools before, there arc fifty schools today. A magnificent 500-bed hospital, a network of fine highways, and e daily newspaper con-' plete the picture of what has been done- here; and, to a lesser degree, o*1 Matsu Island. The story of the oil shore islands alone could have tremendous infl'1' ence on the overseas Chinese. Thel* are 100,000 Chinese in the- British Colony of Sarawak, whose anccstr'1 home is within 75 miles of Matsu. 1" Singapore alone there are 50,000 Cl"' nese who call Quemoy their home more than the present civilian popiu1*' tion of the island. Here certainly are developments that will impress the people of As'* both Chinese and non-Chinese. Tn Free Chinese on Formosa have ad11' ally accomplished all the things tl" Facts Forum News, October, 195"
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