The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 16, 1953 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 16, 1953
Page 9
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1953 RI.YTHFVn.T.E N1TW* PAGE NINE Inside the Bamboo Curtain Reds Building New 'Chinese Wall' Mao Has Taste I Of Raids By Nationalists EDITOR'S NOTE: From the Honff Kong listening post comes this exclusive series of dispatches, telling how things are going inside the Bamboo Curtain. N E A ' a Pulitzer Prize-winninE correspondent, Fred Sparks, I spent a month in Hong: Kong, talking to people fresh from the land of Mao. This is the last of three articles. By FRED SPARKS NEA Staff Correspondent HONG KONG — (NEA) — A new Chinese Wall has been under construction along the mainland facing Formosa since the Korean truce. Large coastal sections — in spots 100 miles deep — have been cleared of civilians and declared a Zone of Security. The Communists do not expect a full scale Nationalist invasion. They know Gen. Chiang Kai-shek hasn't yet enough military muscle to bull his way into Peiping. But ugly raids have lost the Communists more fac,e than a massage with broken glass. Diplomats who study such things tell me: "If the Nationalists could seize and hold a section for three or four months, they'd win millions to their cause." These diplomats represent lands (not America) that recognize Mao. They shuttle in an dout of Red China and insist that 80 per cent are fed up with communism. p The captive-people would not aid •the invaders until there seemed a slight hope — not because they love Formosa more but because they've learned to love communism less. They're pro-Formosa to the extent that they're pro-American — which is plenty. Last July, Nationalists hit Tung- shan, a busy island off the mainland south of Amoy. In this raid (hardly reported before) several hundred parachutists dropped at dawn and engaged the garrison. DESTINATION, CHINA'S MAINLAND: Na- land raids that are giving Chinese Commies the tionalist Marines rehearse an amphibious assault jitters, on the beaches of Formosa to get ready for maln- But the main body of 7000 ship- borne Nationalists were stalled 12 hours by tricky tides. A strong mo- pbile Red gvoup fevncd over and slaughtered the 'chutists. .Despite this,, the main body fought ashore and stayed 48 hours. They destroyed radio stations, railroads, shipyards and killed piles of Communists. They themselves suffered very high casualties. Wounded Reds were brought into Amoy and word-of-mouth broke censorship to spread this proof that Formosa was still a threat — and a hope. Military attaches say the Nationalists were efficient and courageous, two things often lacking in former efforts. But at best Formosa could hurl 12 divisions (of 12,000 each) into China proper. In the Zone of Security, thousands of coolies are pouring cement pillboxes on flat coastal strips, recalling Hitler's West Wall. • * * Many Chinese Wai! coolies are slave laborers, a particular employment feature of Communist paradise states. They're classified "re- ctionaries" because their families were in trade or couldn't swallow Karl Marx on an empty stomach- Mountainous coastal regions are being pockmarked with deep bunkers and the Red Chinese are beating their Korean records as human moles. They are building with an eye on growing Nationalist sea and air vigor. • • * There are strong mobile groups behind the coast in the Zone of Security ready to race to troubled spots — like Tungshan Island — with fire department dispatch. The atmosphere in the Zone of Security resembles Britain's Dover coast in 1940. when the Wehrmacht was expected to drop in for conquest. Road signs have been removed, c.-'Ire farm populations have been shifted outside the zone, army units ! working the rice paddies, and any-! thing that moves alter the dusk! curfew will be buried at first light. I The spies Peiping keeps on For- hist rule. • • • Every rcclment digging in along the coast (and that includes some of the fittest who served in Korea) is one less regiment available for possible pressure against Indo-China or Burma, two beauty spols Communist ••tourists" want to visit. Alter her »wfui material losses in Korea, Red China is like a boxer clouted to thp canvas who wants to take arivnntaRe of ths full nine- count before Betting up again. It's been n long time since -the chest-beaters promised invasion to cream Formosa. The junks they assembled around the Pearl Elver to transport Communist shock troops are back fishing the China Seas and the Straits of Formosa. 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