Communists: Diversion in the Strait

"The grasses and trees are all soldiers" is an old Chinese proverb denoting a state of extreme nervousness and a feeling that one is surrounded by enemies. Last week Red China was using this hemmed-in feeling to justify its troop buildup in Fukien province across from the Nationalist-held offshore islands of Matsu and Quemoy. The Reds have had heavy troop concentrations along the Formosa Strait for years, but by last week they had added an estimated 100,000 men, raising the total to about 450,000. Belligerently, Red China claimed that Chiang Kai-shek was "preparing for an invasion" of the mainland...

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