The annual freedom-swimming season will soon open in the southern Kwangtung province of mainland China.?
The annual freedom-swimming season will soon open in the southern Kwangtung province of mainland China. That's the period when the waters of Deep Bay -- separating Communist China from Hongkong -- will warm up enough to make it possible for hundreds of disgruntled young Chinese to take the plunge for a new life outside the controlled regimen of chairman Mao's China.
While few mainland Chinese are aware that America has put men on the moon, information about life in free China -- Taiwan -- gets through to them with airdrops from high altitude balloons sent aloft from Taiwan and the nationalist-held island of Quemoy.
Monitored by radio beams, the huge plastic balloons have dropped their packets of information, safe conduct passes, food and medicines 15-hundred miles inside red China.
Its one of many devices in the psychological war the nationalists have waged for years...and a recent exhibit in Taipei showed how it paid off. The soldier in the photo is Chen Nan-hsing, an award-winning enlisted man in the Maoist People's Liberation Army, who defected to Taiwan.
This is his own, personal exhibit. It shows the handful of items he carried when he made his swim to freedom from the seaport of Amoy, in Fukien province, to the nationalists' fortress island of Quemoy, about six miles away.
Twenty-seven-year old Chen was a model soldier who developed an appetite for freedom while listening to radio broadcasts beamed from Taiwan.
Chairman Mao's quotations are not the only little red books in Communist China. Chen carried several others. One certified he was a 'good warrior' of the People's Liberation Army...another little red book certified he was a sharpshooter...a third attested to his skill as an artilleryman...and a fourth contained his army discharge paper.
A friend gave him an airdropped packet with President Chiang Kaishek's photo and the safe conduct pass he carried when he defected from communism.
A one-time model soldier in red China's People's Liberation army who switched sides and joined the Nationalists ??? Taiwan.