U.S. Ally To Be Abandoned? TAIWAN FACES GRIME FUTURE
Gene H Hogberg & Keith W Stump
Nationalist China, long a faithful ally of the United States, stands as the chief obstacle in Washington's drive for closer relations with Communist China. Will America cut the last links to Taiwan? If so, a political whirlwind may sweep Asia. In the eyes of many of the 16 million Chinese living on Taiwan, the handwriting is on the wall. The months and years ahead are to be filled with increased anxiety and concern over the future of their prosperous island republic, which lies just one hundred miles off the coast of Communist mainland China. The reason for their concern is obvious. The United - States has embarked upon a clear course to come to complete terms with the government of the People's Republic in Peking, bitter foe of the Nationalist government which has controlled Taiwan and a few offshore islands since being driven into exile by the Communists in 1949.
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