CHINA: Tactical Withdrawal

One day last week a fleet of transports appeared off Chushan Island southeast of Shanghai, and the 150,000 Nationalist soldiers on the island were ordered to board ship. Not until they were at sea did the soldiers learn that they were bound for Formosa.

The day after the evacuation, Communist troops waded ashore on Chushan. The day after that the Nationalist evacuees from the island reached Keelung, Formosa's northern port. Bands played as the troops landed, bringing with them women, children, goats, pigs and firewood. Madame Chiang Kai-shek made a speech of welcome, and each incoming soldier...

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