FORMOSA: The Defector

Clambering into a fishing boat in Communist Amoy one December night in 1957, Chang Chun-sheng, a lieutenant colonel in the Red Chinese army, pointed a Mauser at the crew and ordered them to sail him the ten choppy miles to Nationalist Quemoy. There Chang, 39, a Red soldier for 20 years, who had fought in Korea as a "volunteer" in 1951-52, got a hero's welcome befitting the highest-ranking Red officer ever to defect to the Nationalists.

The Nationalists gave Chang a special $2,000 reward, commissioned him a full colonel in their own army, made him deputy chief of staff of...

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