Nation: Taiwan: Shock and Fury

An angry mob threw eggs and rocks at the U.S. embassy on Taipei's Chung Hsiao West Road. Some 2,000 tried to storm an American compound and were driven back by Marines with tear gas. Near by, students daubed slogans on white sheets taped to the walls. One message: "We protest American recognition of the Communist bandits. We will oppose Communism to the death."

The mood was tense and bitter as Taiwan struggled to come to terms with America's virtual abandonment of its onetime ally. President Chiang Ching-kuo, 68, had only a few hours' warning of the move from U.S. Ambassador Leonard...

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