FORMOSA: Dismounting a Tiger

Three weeks ago a well-known Formosan publisher who dared propose setting up an opposition political party went to jail. Kuomintang officials congratulated themselves that they had neatly disposed of the opposition and expected to hear no more about it. After all, the technique had worked before—notably three years ago, when another political critic, the daily Rung Lun Pao's chief editorial writer Ni Shi-tan, had been summarily sentenced to seven years in prison for "sedition" for criticizing the Nationalist government. His case got almost no attention either inside or outside Formosa....

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