• Short Summary

    TAIWAN, CHINA: AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN TAIPEI MAR 5, A PILOT FROM THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, LIEUTENANT LIUM CHEN SZE, WHO HAD DEFECTED TO THE NATIONALIST CHINESE TWO DAYS EARLIER, TOLD JOURNALISTS THAT TO THE BEST OF HIS KNOWLEDGE HIS PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE ROCKET SITES OR MISSILE UNITS OPPOSITE THE NATIONALIST-HELD ISLANDS OF QUEMOY AND MATSU.

  • Description

    TAIWAN, CHINA: AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN TAIPEI MAR 5, A PILOT FROM THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC, LIEUTENANT LIUM CHEN SZE, WHO HAD DEFECTED TO THE NATIONALIST CHINESE TWO DAYS EARLIER, TOLD JOURNALISTS THAT TO THE BEST OF HIS KNOWLEDGE HIS PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE ROCKET SITES OR MISSILE UNITS OPPOSITE THE NATIONALIST-HELD ISLANDS OF QUEMOY AND MATSU.

    THE PILOT, WHO WAS INTRODUCED TO NEWSMEN BY AIR FORCE CHIEF, GENERAL CHEN CHIA SHANG, ALLEGED THAT PEOPLE ON THE MAINLAND WERE MISERABLE AND HAD INSUFFICIENT FOOD AND CLOTHING. MANY WERE DYING OF MALNUTRITION, HE ADDED, ALTHOUGH AS A PILOT HE HAD BETTER TREATMENT THAN OTHER SERVICEMEN.

    HE SAID HE WAS NOT A COMMUNIST AND HAD WANTED TO DEFECT FOR SOME TIME. HIS OPPORTUNITY HAD COME WHEN HE SET OUT ON A MAP-READING MISSION ALONG THE COAST. HE STATED THAT SOVIET MIG 15s WERE THE "BACKBONE" OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC AIR FORCE. LATER MODELS , SUCH AS THE MIG 17, 19 AND 21, WERE DEPLOYED NEAR LARGE CITIES.

    LIEUTENANT LIU WAS SAID TO HAVE JOINED THE NATIONALIST CHINESE AIR FORCE.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA48TKLO7MIP29EVK44SNP4P4H8
    Media URN:
    VLVA48TKLO7MIP29EVK44SNP4P4H8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment