Four years ago, when Communist China poured shout and shell on the Nationalist-held offshore islands of Quemoy and Matsu, President Eisenhower came to a decision never publicly announced: U.S. force would be used to help fight off invasion of Quemoy and Matsu by Red China. Last week, with shout and shell raining again (see FOREIGN NEWS), the U.S. saw Quemoy and Matsu as being of even greater importance than in 1954. Said the President at press conference: the Nationalists now have one-third of their strength deployed on the offshore islands, and loss of that strength would lay Formosa itself...

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