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RE: The "Hidden" History of the Korean War
So what you are saying
the RoC has the ability to attack mainland China, not China to the Island.
Why would Communist China fear Tiawan militarily?
Seems the Market Economy the mainland China is experiencing is changing the
whole politics of the region. Despite all the rehetoric I see China and
Tiawan developing a warm relationship. Money before Politics or Ideology.
[mailto:owner-KOREAN-WAR-L@raven.cc.ku.edu]On Behalf Of Marc James Small
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 3:59 PM
Subject: RE: The "Hidden" History of the Korean War
At 02:15 PM 5/15/02 -0400, Daniel T. Fahey wrote:
>An interesting but brief conversation occured this weekend.
>Chaing was planning to counterattack mainland China with US help before
>Chennault was already planning to equip with F84's with the new CATF.
>All these plans were moving forward until Korea. They already had P51's
>I know that there were clandestine flights over China by Chaings airforce.
>I would like to get more info on the technical peace Formosa and China had.
>Even during Korea, China keeped a strong force across from Formosa.
>No doubt there were skirmishes. Some of this timed with action in Korea.
>In the mid to late 50's the two airforces had some fierce fights.
>Mostly F86 vs Mig17. But there were a couple F47 Tunderbolts battles
>against the Migs too.
There has been no question since 1949 that the Republic of China was
anxious to re-invade the mainland and to destroy the PRC. They were
anxious to do so fifty years back and are anxious to do so today. At no
time has the ROC felt that it "needed" US assistance. The US Navy, for
that matter, was inserted into the Straits of Taiwan precisely to keep the
ROC on Taiwan, not to keep the PRC forces from invading Taiwan.
At no time has the PRC had the ability to invade Taiwan. They certainly do
not have that ability today.
None of this is secret -- read, say, the Washington POST or the New York
TIMES editorial pages in late 1949 to see how strongly THEY called for US
intervention to prevent the ROC from invading the mainland.
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