National Geographic : 1969 Jan
"Flying Dragon" Squadron Lockheed F-104 Starfighters of the 100,000-man Republic of China Air Force flash past Taiwan's highest peak, 13,113-foot Yu Shan, or Jade Moun- parts of the mainland [page 12]. Our loud speakers are clearly heard. But the Commu nists have speakers too. Listen." From across the narrow strait we heard the Communist announcer. Commander Cheng translated: "We are the workers of Mao Tse-tung. We completed a bridge two months ahead of schedule." As in a duel, the Nationalist loudspeaker boomed back: "Here on Taiwan the farmers own their land. They have electricity, motorcycles, more food than they can eat. Your families are 42 separated. You live in communes. You are hungry. Mao is your enemy. He is our enemy too. Revolt. We promise that in six hours we will send you help." That evening when the shelling began we returned to the bunker. The night was clear and the lights flickering on the mainland were like pale, yellow stars. A Taiwanese soldier paced his post, a dog barked, and the moon silvered the water. True to their pattern of many years, the Communist guns fell silent after dropping a score or so of shells, strewing propaganda leaflets over the landscape but causing no damage.