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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955 - File 036. 1955-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/419/show/385.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 5, May 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1955
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. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript the defense of Kinmen and Mellsii is \ilal In both the U.S. emd the Chinese' Nationalists. We 'imply cannol back up another inch. Kinmen in Chinese means "golden gate" eunl this island is indeed the "golden gale" for a Nationalist return to the mainland. Strategical^ speaking, if they fall, the slreiils of Taiwan will be opened for Communisl operations. Capital ships in defense ol either or both groups would be within easy range of Communisl airplanes, PT boats, and submarines if any — between the mainland and Taiwan. The Communists have small, fast motor tor- redo boats and heavy air power. These boats are heavily armed with 75 nun guns. It i. extremely doubtful whether the U.S. will use any capital ships in a defense of Kinmen ami Matsu, supposing in the firsl place that we decide lei save those vital islaiuls. Moreover, if Amov is opened, there will la- nn stopping tin- supply of jcl fuel to Ihe large tanks near that city. p. General Chennault, in our conversations last year before your departure for Taiwan, we discussed your idea of a two- front war to be conducted against the Red Chinese by a strike against the South China coast conducted by the Nationalists and an attack from the north by the Republic of Korea. Do you still feel that such is possible? A. Not only is il possible to do this. such ee two-prong offensive is the only way in successfully drive tin' Communists from the Chinese mainland. In order for lhal In happen, the' Republic of Kore-ei must he hcetvilv armed and supported, as well eis the Chinese Nationalists. <?. What about the armament of these two nations, General, are they being armed with offensive type weapons by the United States? A. As you know. Jim. the South Koreans eire ready to fight. They want In unify their land, hut they arc presently being limited to a shorl supply of equipment emd ammunition hv the I ,S. Moreover, their equipment is of an older nature. Whal there is of it is good, but Ihe amount is too small. The semic i- true, speaking for the Nationalists. Aboul all I can sa) i~. "too little anil loo late." In neither case is the equipment as good eis lhat supplied In the Chinese' (3)111111 nil isls by till' leus- sians. ll is reported, for instance, thai the Chinese Reds have lhe latest MIG- I 7 s while the Chinese Nationalists have onl) ei small number of American F-86's. 9. What is the present condition of Chiang's navy? \. I In- Nationalist Navy has several American destroyers, destroyer escorts, emd corvette Ivpe ships. Moreover, il ha- some I.ST"s. LSM's and numerous ex-Japanese trawlers. Its fighting morale is 30.eel. hui ii needs more equipment. It could us,' some Mill's to thwart the Communisl invasion fleets. Q. How is the condition of the Nationalist government, financially speaking? A. ('hieing s economic position is good. The' Nationalist government is living within its means. Moreover, its export oulleiy has exceeded its imports. The Chinese Nationalist government has leirL-e food reserves, Il is doubtful, however, whether it eamlel keep in the black if it were to lose its EGA funds which give il aid of all types. For thai aid emd for other aid. Chiang is most grateful. 9- General, is Taiwan a police state as it has been described on several occasions? A. No, absolutely no. There is no police state' being maintained hy Nationalist China. On Taiwan, there is a strong secret police force which is used to fer- —China News Photo Service Guerrillas and native farmers work together preparing rice field for spring sowing. —Wide World Photo Chiang Kai-shek ret out subversion. This police force, both secrel ami uniformed, has already kept the Nationalist government fairly dear of Communists. Moreover, all those accused receive fair and decent trial. Regular court procedures are employed. There is absolutely no police State on Taiwan. 9- What is the present condition of the mainland economy, General? A. Well. I have more than 1.800 airline employees reporting to me who are slill in contact wilh relatives and friends on the mainland. Moreover, there are lhe 1 I.Ill)0 I'OW's who chose freedom rather than Communisl tyranny and there arc Chinese escaping to Taiwan every day. All of them report lhat the first Five Year Plan of Mao illcd Premier Mem Tse-tung) was a miserable flop. In addition, thev say lhat there are wiih' areas of starvation and famine In others, in fact in all mainland provinces, there is a severe shortage "' food. The harsh treatment of the civil populeitioii e-onlinucs with the extermination eef whatever bourgeois is left. A" of this is also confirmed liy lhe Euro- peans who continue to filler out of Communist China. 9. What is the morale of Chiang's army? \. High, very high. All military experts are in agreement on lhat. The one desire is to return to the mainland- Every Chinese soldier desires that. 9. What about the morale of the Chinese Communist Army? A. Well, that's interesting. Their commissars sieind behind them with gn"s ordering them to advance or he shot- 'I hey advance in "human sea" ueivcs under such orders. Yikianshan was taken that way. If vou have a man standing behind you with a gun ordering you to move out. you move. Either way, it's a sure- death for hundreds <>' Page 34 FACTS FORUM NEWS, May. /■"■"
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