• Short Summary

    IN THE FAR EAST, WHERE THE QUEMOY CEASE-FIRE HAS BEEN EXTENDED, DEFENSE SECRETARY MC-ELROY TODAY MET WITH CHIANG KAI-SHEK.

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    IN THE FAR EAST, WHERE THE QUEMOY CEASE-FIRE HAS BEEN EXTENDED, DEFENSE SECRETARY MC-ELROY TODAY MET WITH CHIANG KAI-SHEK. THERE ARE REPORTS WE WANT CHIANG TO REDUCE HIS GARRISONS IN RETURN FOR AN INDEFINITE CEASE-FIRE EXTENSION. WE, IN TURN, WOULD EQUIP THE REMAINING QUEMOY SOLDIERS WITH BETTER WEAPONS.

    THE EVACUATION OF PART OF QUEMOY'S CIVILIAN POPULATION IS ALMOST COMPLETED. A TOTAL OF SIX-THOUSAND HAVE ALREADY BEEN TRANSFERRED FROM QUEMOY AND NEARBY LITTLE QUEMOY ISLAND TO FORMOSA. ONE OF THE LARGEST GROUPS - WHICH LEFT OVER THE WEEKEND - WAS MADE UP OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS.

    COMMUNIST ARTILLERY HAD DESTROYED THEIR SCHOOL . THEY WERE GIVEN ONLY FIVE HOURS NOTICE TO PACK AND ASSEMBLE ON THE BEACH. THE STUDENTS, THEIR TEACHERS AND MISCELLANEOUS GROUPS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN LEFT IN THE HOLDS OF THE SAME RUSTY L-S-T-'S, WHICH HAD BEEN RUNNING THE COMMUNIST BLOCKADE, BRINGING FOOD AND AMMUNITION TO THE QUEMOY GARRISON BEFORE THE CEASE-FIRE WENT INTO EFFECT.THESE VESSELS ARE STILL BRINGING IN SUPPLIES AND TROOPS AS THE NATIONALISTS CONTINUE TO BEEF UP THEIR FORCES ON QUEMOY. CIVILIANS ARE TAKEN OUT ON THE RETURN TRIP. QUEMOY IS ALSO A TRANS-SHIPPING POINT FOR FOOD AND SUPPLIES FOR LITTLE QUEMOY - WHICH LIES ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND YARDS FROM THE NEAREST COMMUNIST ARTILLERY POSITIONS. SOME OF THE FOOD WAS SENT BY SAMPAN ACROSS THE NARROW STRETCH OF WATER. THESE ARE THE FIRST FILMS SHOWING THE EXTENT OF THE DESTRUCTION ON LITTLE QUEMOY. BY ACTUAL COUNT -- THERE WERE SIXTY-SIX HUNDRED BUILDINGS ON THIS ISLAND. NEARLY ALL HAD BEEN DESTROYED. MORE THAN 110-THOUSAND COMMUNIST ARTILLERY SHELLS HAD BEEN FIRED AT THE ISLAND. THE FORMOSAN GOVERNMENT OFFERED THE POPULATION OF THIS ONE VILLAGE A CHANCE TO LEAVE. ALTHOUGH THESE PEOPLE HAD LIVED HERE ALL THEIR LIVES -- THEY ALL DECIDED TO MOVE TO FORMOSA.

    WHEN THEY LEAVE -- ONLY NATIONALIST TROOPS WOULD BE LEFT IN LITTLE QUEMOY.

    AT HIS AFTERNOON PRESS CONFERENCE, SECRETARY OF STATE DULLES IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE THE UNITED STATES POSITION IN REGARD TO THE FORMOSA CRISIS.

    THE COMMUNIST DECISION TO EXTEND THE CEASE FIRE IN THE QUEMOY AREA WAS FOLLOWED YESTERDAY BY A CONFERENCE, ON FORMOSA, BETWEEN CHIANG KAI SHEK AND AMERICAN SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, NEIL MC-ELROY.

    INDICATIONS ARE THAT THE U.S. WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME IN PERSUADING CHIANG TO REDUCE HIS GARRISONS ON THE OFF-SHORE ISLANDS.

    CIVILIANS, SUCH AS THOSE SHOWN HERE, ARE BEING EVACUATED FROM QUEMOY.

    SUPPLIES, INCLUDING TWO SHIPLOADS OF 155-MILLIMETRE ARTILLERY AND AMMUNITION, ARE BEING SHIPPED IN.

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THAT THE NATIONALISTS ARE RUSHING A CRASH PROGRAM TO IMPROVE FORTIFICATIONS.

    THOUGH NO OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE WAS ISSUED, IT IS PRESUMED THAT DEFENSE CHIEF MC-ELROY ATTEMPTED TO PERSUADE CHIANG OF THE WISDOM OF REDUCING HIS GARRISONS. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE NATIONALIST LEADER IS BEING OFFERED BETTER AMERICAN WEAPONS AS A BRIBE.

    THE UNITED STATES IS EXPECTED TO WITHDRAW A UNIT OF 14-HUNDRED-MILE-AN-HOUR STARTFIGHTER JETS FROM THE FORMOSA AREA, DESPITE CHIANG'S OBJECTIONS.

    IN GENERAL, IT IS FELT THAT WASHINGTON WISHES TO GO SLOW IN MAKING ANY FURTHER CONCESSIONS TO THE COMMUNISTS, BUT SOME MUST BE MADE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7PG1KOR41ZEPUZAY8SSE4WE21
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PG1KOR41ZEPUZAY8SSE4WE21
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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