As soon as the newsmen were all gathered in his big oval office, Harry Truman cleared his throat and began reading a prepared statement. "The United States," he said, "has no desire to obtain special rights or privileges or to establish military bases on Formosa at this time* . . . [it] will not pursue a course which will lead to involvement in the civil conflict in China [and] will not provide military aid or advice to Chinese forces on Formosa." But, concluded the President, the U.S. will "continue the present ECA...

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