A Red China Foreign Office spokesman last week charged French air and ground forces in Indo-China with "provocative attacks on Chinese territory." Warned the Reds: "Our border troops have been instructed to hold the frontier firmly and to deliver counterblows to the provocateurs." In Moncay, the only remaining French-held outpost on China's border, TIME Correspondent Eric Gibbs reported an ominous quiet:

The dawn air is heavy and still; a typhoon is expected. From the citadel high over Moncay, the réveil sounds. Men of the French Foreign Legion tumble out of bed muttering in French, German, all the languages of Europe. Down...

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