FORMOSA: No Third Term

Wearing his light beige uniform without ribbons, in the fashion of generals who have come to political power, President Chiang Kaishek, 71, the man who has guided the Republic of China's destinies for some 30 years, smiled broadly and spoke confidently of the years ahead. He scarcely glanced at a small scrap of paper holding his brief notes, as he addressed the 1,700 members of Nationalist China's Mainland Recovery Planning Board. He stood straight without leaning on the speaker's stand, occasionally sipped from a glass of boiled water.

Halfway through the speech...

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