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Strait RitualsChina, Taiwan, and the United States in the Taiwan Strait Crises, 1954-1958$
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Pang Yang Huei

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208302

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208302.001.0001

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Outbreak of the Crisis

Outbreak of the Crisis

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Strait Rituals

Pang Yang Huei

Hong Kong University Press

On 3 September 1954, China launched a massive artillery bombardment on the islands of Quemoy and Matsu, triggering the first crisis. This attack prompted the US to sign the Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan on 2 December 1954. China also courted neutralist countries in Asia in the immediate aftermath of the crisis. This chapter focuses on the Geneva reverberations especially on developments in July and August 1954, which led to the eruption of the First Taiwan Strait Crisis. How China, the US and Taiwan acted following the outbreak of this crisis will be the next point of scrutiny.

Keywords:   First Taiwan Strait Crisis, Quemoy, Matsu, Operation Oracle

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