—Photo by Anna Chenredeilt
Sun-Moon Lake, Taiwan
thousands of Chinese The Communists
tecruil millions of innocenl country kids
who are taught how to use ei gun. given
• few rudiments of the military, and are
*enl to battle. These raw recruits are
S|'ni in. wave after wave, to exhausl the
enemy ammunition supply. Then the
Communists si-mi in their trained and
"allli'heiiili'ilcil shock troops. As I seliel.
'I is reported thai the ,l ikianshan opera-
''on resulted in more' than 2.000 dead
Chinese Reds. That weis a small opera-
9- General Chennault, isn't that about
[he same idea as was employed by the
Russians against the Germans in the late
A. The Chinese' Keel Army is ;t Communisl army, ll- leaders are trained by
Soviets I., ns.. Soviel battle tactics. The
'"unan wave idea is utilized because
Were is no compunction against sen i i-
ueing hundreds of thousands of men in
-' wasteful slaughter against an enemy.
9- What is the present condition of the
Chinese Red Air Force?
A. It s in good shape. Ii is equipped
*ith th,- latesl jets MIC-17's an- re-
Ported le, be in North China, ll has
Werally hundreds of lln- older MIG-15's.
Moreover, il heis been equipped with
'"' heavy, four-motored Tl -34 bomber,
"nich is ee COpj of our B-29. These-
would I,., used against Taiwan and were
]|SI|I l'i pleislc i ikianshan. Thev would
'"'Ve I,,.,.,| used elgelinsl the' Teichens held
"*t been necessary.
9. What about the Red Chinese Navy?
V. W.ll. ii kepi "l ikianshan under the
"'•nicsl kind ol fire for sixty-four
°°urs from all sides, ll is ei lighl ship
Bavy. Menu small fast \,'ss,'ls' heavil)
9. General, what is the thinking of the
"lese people? Would they choose free-
under Chiang if they were given the
, -^- Ihe In si evidence of this is. I
'''i'-M'. the- action of the prisoners of
war who absolutely refused to return
ie. ihe- mainland. Thousands of them left
Keel China lo come lo Taiwan and
freedom under lhe Generalissimo. There
is thc guerrilla activity where in one
mainland province there were over
5,000 reports of guerrilla activity in
one year committed againsl the Reds.
Finally, the Tachen people refused to
a man and woman to he left behind.
Chinese Communist propaganda would
have you believe thai these people were
forced to go. The lie is readily given,
by lhe American officers, who were- on
the spot. 1 really believe thai the mainland Chinese desire the- return of
9- General, will appeasement settle the
war in Asia?
\. The' Communists understeind onh
power. They will have to hi' decisively
beaten. As 1 have seiid before, lhe onh
way to do that is with ;i two-front attack
against them. They could nol stand such
a double envelopment maneuver and
they know il heller than anybody else
However, the lime for such an operation
is running out. Their transportation
setup is gelling better and. as this happens, the' chance for a successful two-
front operation runs out.
9- Just how is the Communist Chinese
rail net organized, General? Has it been
improved since last year when we discussed
A. If you will remember, I told you
thai thev were' attempting to conned
Peiping with Moscow with a line running across the Gobi Desert. Now the
lasl. stretch from I Ian-Bator lo Peiping
has lie-en completed. .Also, the lines from
North China to the [ndochinese border
are complete. It is reported thai lhe'
Hanoi-China spur is in readiness which,
in short, links Moscou with Hanoi.
There are new railroads being built all
over \siei hy the Communists.
9- General, will there ever be peace in
Asia so long as the Communists hold the
A. Absolutely nol. The' Chinese mainland is the key lei the Orient. Moreover,
communism is an aggressive, warlike
ideology. Everything they think aboul is
devoted lo weir. While' they rule tic
mainland of China, Asiei will know only
9- What about the overseas Chinese,
General? What are they thinking these days?
Are they siding with Chiang or the Reds?
A. I firmly believe iheii nearly all
overseas Chinese are really loyal to
Chiang. This excludes Indonesia anil the
Malay Stales where Ihe Chinese population is being swaveal ley ihe Communists. Thev are under heavy pressure by
the Communists lo "rejoin the motherland." Especially in Indonesia is thi
the case. If the Indonesian Chinese join
forces wilh the Comnnmisls. that nation
is lost. In facl. tin- fulure of all Indonesia ele-pe-nd- nn which way the Chinese turn and lhe outcome of lhe battle
soon to take place in the Kinmen-Matsu
area will largely determine the allegiance of the Indonesian Chinese, lu addition lo all of this, lhe Communists are
making appeals to large' numbers of
Chinese' young people overseas eis students. They are', anil have been, greatly
successful. Onlv recently have ihe Nationalist sparked a similar program.
Chinese' populations all over Asia will
determine Asia s futinc.
9. General Chennault, do you think that
the United States should recognize the Chinese Communist Government?
A. I ndi-r no circumstances. Morally,
this would he ei tragedy. Diplomatically,
it would he a terrible defeat and militarily, it would la- worse' than terrible.
The' Communists look China hy force of
arms. Thev have continued in their barbarous practices eigeiinsi their own peo-
FORUM NEWS, May, 1955
—China News Photo Service
Admiral Radford (left) inspects honor guard escorted by General Chow Chih Jou.