Soon after his arrival in Formosa June 18, US President Eisenhower laid a wreath on the Martyrs Shrine in Taipei.
Soon after his arrival in Formosa June 18, US President Eisenhower laid a wreath on the Martyrs Shrine in Taipei. He was accompanied by General Peng Meng-Chin, Chief of the Formosan General Staff.
On a one-day visit to the Nationalist Chinese stronghold, President Eisenhower was given a rousing welcome. At a public reception held in front of the Defence Building in Taipei, an estimated 500,000 people cheered him as he assured them that the United States would stand firmly behind them in defiance of any aggression from the Communist controlled mainland.
President Eisenhower spoke to the crowd after a two-hour meeting with President Chiang Kai-Shek. He said that the United States did not recognize the claim of the Peking regime to speak for all Chinese people. Later he said that history had shown that the "quest for peace is not served by yielding to threats or by weakening defense against potentials aggressors."
His visit to Formosa -part of his recent Far East tour - was heralded by a barrage of 86,000 artillery shells, pumped into the Nationalist off-shore island of Quemoy by Communist mainland shore batteries.
From Formosa, the President went on to Okinawa, South Korea, and finally a three-day golfing holiday in Hawaii before returning to Washington.