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Re: KW Navy deployments
Thanks for the response!
In regard to the U.S. prediction of
Mao's attack on Taiwan, there was, in fact,
one report from a US official based
in Taiwan. He was Robert Strong, US Charge,
who cabled to the State Dept on May 17
as follows: "Fate of Taiwan sealed, communist
attack can occur bet. June 15 and end July."
The same official also reported in late April that
"desperate measures may be attempted by
Nationalist Government to involve US in a
shooting war as a means of saving its own skin."
(see Ch. 16, Cumings)
So, it seems there were two dictators--Chiang & Rhee--
who were more desperate than Kim Il-Sung to start
a general war at that time.
BTW, was there a US ambassador in Taiwan at the time?
Was Strong the head of US mission there?