FOREIGN RELATIONS: Decision & Danger

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It was New Year's on Formosa, the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. All last week, places of business, including the newspapers, were closed in observance of the holiday. Along the streets of Taipei (pop. 500,000) firecrackers popped among the red-brick buildings from dawn until dusk. Pedicab coolies in conical straw hats and straw raincoats lounged by their carriages, inspecting their bare toes as they waited to take Formosan families on New Year's calls. A soft fog ringed the lush, green hills, throwing a grey blanket over the palms, the...

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