Clipped From Lebanon Daily News
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Pa., Thurs., Feb. 17, 1955-75 Chiang Sees Showdown When Soviets Encroach On U.S. • KOITOH'S NOTE: Earnest Hoberecht, United Presn vice presK dent for Asm, is a veteran of n\any yearn in th« Far East and has met Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek on (he mainland of China anil again in Taipei. In the following interview Chiang gives hla views on whether he expects a showdown between Russia and the United States. By EARNEST HOBERECHT United Press Staff Correspondent TAIPEI, Formosa—(U.P.)—President Chiang Kai-shek said today a showdown between the United States and Russia "perhaps will not come until the Soviet Union is encroaching on U.S. territory." The kader of Free China expressed his view as we sipped tea in the sun lounge of his home in the suburbs of this city. The trim, alert generalissimo • "~ '" ."' sat relaxed in a large rattan chair " e a showdown with Russia? 1 ' _. -_-.-;- ----- — ~ ; - ^—-^ xhe 67-year-old anti-Corn mil across a long narrow room. I wai seated on a divan. The question was: "Will thert girdle that ride up! keeps yoj in trim shape exclusive, hlgh-cut criss-cross -won't bind a bit. The flattens the stomach and The 67-3'ear-old anti-Communist leader smiled. I got the impression he was not too hopeful tha United States would stand and fight in the face of the next ag. grcssive move by the Chines* Reds. He considers the Chinese Communists nothing more than tools o! Soviet Russia and insists they are working together to promote their aggressive aims. Maybe Another Korea About the showdown with KUJ- sia'.' The generalissimo said an American .showdown with Russia "perhaps will not come until the Soviet Union is encroaching on U.S. territory." It was obvious that he was thinking about Russian attacks on American "off-shore islands" — U. S. possessions which might b* compared with the Chinese off • shore islands of Tachen, Quemoy, Matsu and Nanchi. I raised the question of "another Korea." Wasn't there a possibility the United States would stand firm against Communist aggression if the Reds attacked Quemoy and President Chiang agreed that Quemoy and Matsu might becoma "similar cases like Korea." "The United States cannot afford to withdraw any more at any point," he emphasized. He said the withdrawal from th« Tachens was a "sad experience" but that the United States had done a "wonderful job" in helping the Chinese with it. He said the American people always want to be helpful and always want to do what is right. No Two Chinas "Whether your nation's policy u right or wrong," he said, "th« motives of the American peopla are altruistic and they will alwayi want to do what is right." "Behind this altruism is tha world's mightiest power," Chiang said, "but so far this power has been used only in a negative way. It has not been used in a positiva way." The president insisted again that the question of Quemoy and Matsu is "already very clear." It also can be reported that President Chiang holds the following views: First: "The United Nations should properly act in accordanca with its charter and impute sanctions against the Communist aggressors instead of negotiating a cease-fire with them." Second: "Who can say a cease- fire will halt Red aggression? Aggression is characteristic of international communism. It knows no bounds." Third: "The territory of the Republic of China is not to be carved up." The Republic is determined to recover the mainland. "The idea of two Chinas is absurd."