FORMOSA: Gloom & Foreboding

The blows fell on Formosa, and on Chinese Nationalists everywhere, like hammer strokes. First there were the fall of Yikiang and the obvious threat to the Tachens, then the Dulles statement that the Tachens were not of strategic value and would not be protected by the U.S., then talk of a ceasefire, and the inference —quickly drawn by Asians—that Washington was headed toward neutralization of Formosa.

The reaction among the Nationalists was one of gloomy foreboding, frustration, resentment. Said a Taipei lawyer: "When are people going to realize that appeasement of the...

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