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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
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-
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
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
Over 90 per cent of the children of
Free China are in school, ancl tbe literacy rate is among the highest in
Magnificent Progress on
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
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"
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