National Affairs: A Classic Cold War Campaign

QUEMOY 1958:

The most important cold-war textbook lesson of the year is a step-by-step analysis of last autumn's Quemoy crisis prepared by U.S. military and diplomatic agencies in recent weeks. Its gist:

THE Battle of Quemoy 1958 began early last August, when Chinese Nationalist reconnaissance pilots flying RF-84 jets over the Formosa Strait spotted Communist MIGs on two previously unoccupied airfields at Cheng-hai and Lien-cheng facing Formosa and the offshore islands of Quemoy and Matsu. The evaluation: Red China, locked up inside its borders since the Formosa Strait crisis of 1954-55, was once more...

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