KOREA: The Door to Taiwan

Five hundred Chinese prisoners shuffled toward the 32 "explanation" tents in the valley. Behind them, in the compounds of Indian Village, their 22,000 comrades were banging pans and canteens, shouting "Death to Mao Tse-tung." This was the long-awaited day when the U.N. stand against forced repatriation of prisoners (which had prolonged the Korean war 16 months) was to get its first real test: the free choice of the P.W.s themselves. After listening to the Communist explanations, the P.W.s could leave each tent by one of two doors: one led to Communist China;...

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