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[$$] Taiwan: little island with a big heart

Edward White

Driving around a tight bend on a road carved high into cliffs on Taiwan’s east coast, the first sight of the vast Pacific Ocean instantly hijacks the attention. Allan J Shackleton was a rare western witness to the chaotic and murderous early days of the Kuomintang’s rule of Taiwan. The New Zealand-born UN officer was here in the late 1940s, when Chiang Kai-shek’s defeated Chinese Nationalist army fled to the island from Mao Zedong’s China, quickly seizing control of the government and industries and brutally cracking down on any perceived opposition.