Nationalist China: U-2 & a Birthday

The Red Chinese may be a long way from building an atom bomb, but their antiaircraft techniques appear effective enough. Last year they shot down a Nationalist U-2 reconnaissance plane, one of a pair sold to Formosa by the U.S. in 1960. Last week, on the day after Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's 76th birthday, Peking announced that it had shot down the other U-2 over the mainland.

Otherwise the old fighter's birthday seemed serene. At his hilltop residence outside Taipei, Chiang spent the day quietly with his family and followed Chinese custom by eating the traditional "longevity noodles." The most elaborate birthday...

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