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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 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 nsuliir WILL FORMOSA FALL? Dr. T. K. Tsiang, enief United Nations delegate from Nationalist China, vividly pictures Formosa in an hour of crisis —» linj island lhal stands as the biggest question mark in the taul Fur Eastern struggle beween communism and Use Free world* Joining Dr. Tsiang in (bacussmg Formosa's peril were ANSWERS FOH tMERICANS panelists: Devin Garrity, Presidenl of Devin-Adair Publishing Co.: Prof. Charles Hodges, formerly a foreign correspondent in the Far East, now professor of international politics al New York University* George Hamilton Combs, well-known radio-TV news commentator and former Democratic Congressman from Missouri' and Hardy Hurl, moderator. -Wide World Pholo of the 'eiTr 'he Un',ed States 9° to war with China if Formosa is attacked? aY*;- Tsiang: I wish to say firsl of all I?" tf Formosa should be attacked, all „ ninese en, the Island would unite H °ne mi repel thai attack. Of thai t" I'm definitely certain. ,„ "u- we're nol afraid of such an .,'"'*■ if ileal attack should be- manned r,. et}ui|)|)ed by the Communists In !,'"•'- Bill if that attack should be sup- |„, l'''1 bv ihe Soviel Union, thai would v; '"i entirely differenl proposition. Hist l" nayy as ''"' Chinese Commu- 'ave now we're nol afraid of; such !ll(|i""'vas they have- although in large l„ri'|"'i's we're nol afraid of. The air ,,1. !' uiat exists is something which I'm ;j„|"( we cannol ban.lie-, because the So- ,, " "ave furnished them with far bet- i,, and more planes than we have. So lull"?6 of a full-scale invasion w ilb the , . ';" kin.j of tl,,. Soviet Union, we ,"' need your help. il,,. '.''lie-ve- lhal ii is in lln- interest of ii(J|| ."'I'-il States le, give us thai addi- le,,,1' '"'h' needed to meet whal wool,I in '.',,„ '"""um to a combined Chinese 'h" ii],,,', "ecause altheeinj le, .. "i"ie- in us Chinese than il means ,..','' I nited States to the American l> e m, ■""""iis| ami Russian Communisl al Because Formosa means !;""h- after all. it does mean s greal '" the United States. ortanl strategical ami U-S. INTERESTS INVOLVED 'lie-,, Hi;, ■"''■ "»l 'i,,^ '" interests of the I nited States e,,| . '"- I S. possessions in the Pacific ff,.(.'t" \-iil as a whole- would be- ,lcc|ilv '■r,e '.'' if tlie Communists should sue- ii,^."! taking hold of that island. So p ' - thai would be my answer. Ilif J r'- HoDCES: Of course, the use nl ',,J]l'l|''s "go to war" is unpopular. Il •!e,ii .'"' a police ae-ti.ni to repel aggres- [\ """'•■ iVationalisI China holds the »til ii":"- -\n,l I think thai we should "' ils proper framework of refer- f-vr TS i-ni-e-. The Seventh Fleel is commanding the Formosa straits as a bipartisan example of American sea power: Both Presidenl Truman in his administration. Presidenl Eisenhower in his. have- main- tained this position. I ibink also yon —Wide World Pholo Dr. T. F. Tsiang have- to recognize the fact thai we're negotiating a new defense pacl with the Nationalist government, and we will get there the complete diplomatic definition ,.f our obligations. Bul I think thai we should make our position absolutelj clear now so thai there's no confusion. We- have- gotten into trouble in world po lilies because we haven'l said what we mean. Mu. Garriti : My answer is. in a word, no. I should bbj thai from henceforth the United Stales should reserve a war meaning the kiml of wars we go into -for the one showdown war which I hope will never I"- necessary, but which mav be, with Russia. Meanwhile I ibink we should eh, whal Russia PORTJM NEWS, March, 191S has bi-cn doing. I think we should do exactly whal Russia did in North Korea. We should arm Formosa, we should sue;,k in supplies, we- should give them aircraft and. if necessary, blandly deny lhal we're doing il. I think that these limited actions thai can be fought by other people againsl Russia, aide,I and abetted bv us, are desirable and far more preferable to our going to war on anything short of the final showdown which we all hope we can avoid. Mr. Covins.- This mav be- a somewhat strange position for a more or less consistent liberal to take, bill I would nol be satisfied at all by the adequacy of the measures which mv adversary, Mr. Garrity, proposes. It seems to me that ii will become necessary for us lo intervene actively if there is an attack on Formosa. Ii also occurs to me thai there's a chance and a good chance of localizing the war in such a way thai il will nol spread; although of course there's always lln- inherent possibility of spontaneous combustion in Asia. HOLD ON TO FORMOSA Ever since 1946, I have been advocating stronger assistance. American assis- laiuc. to tin- Nationalist governmenl of China, simply because I fore-saw what has later eventuated. Bin now I insist thai American interests require that we hold on i,e Formosa friendship with the Chiang Kai-shek governmenl—since it's an indispensable part of the defense perimeter, and I don I believe thai there could be- any strategic question about lhal. We can'l hold the Philippines, we probably couldn't hold Japan, if Formosa fell lo the others; and also we'd probably Ins.- the Dutch Fast Indies and the Malayan peninsula as well. Prof. Hodges; I don'l think we have- to go to war in the sense lh;it it is popu- larlv used. I think we have to intervene: Page 19 $ I
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