Foreign News: Islands

For generations hardy Chinese fishermen have nosed their little junks into the treacherous South China Sea, headed for the small group of uninhabited coral atolls known as the Paracel Islands. On these reefs, located 300 miles south of the China coast and 250 miles east of French Indo-China (see map, p. 15), they flip over big. basking turtles, collect birds' nests to be shipped to the mainland where they are made into China's famed soups.

Last week the French Foreign Office suddenly disclosed that a squad of Indo-China's Annamite police, commanded by French...

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