The World: Chiang's Last Redoubt: Future Uncertain

EVERY year, the old man orders that his birthday be officially ignored, and every year it is celebrated as a national holiday. Early this week, in the wake of a stinging repudiation by the assembled nations of the world, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek was to observe his 84th birthday, and so the presidential office building in Taipei was decorated with pine trees and long noodles, both symbols of longevity. An army chorus of 10,000 men gathered to sing Long Live the President. Some 20,000 others prepared to chant the same message from the mountains of...

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