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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - January 26, 1955, Tokyo, Japan STAR UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF UNITED STATES FAR EAST RIPES IT No 25 I EDITION a 1955 House OKs Forces for Formosa Defense 7th Fleet Guards First Refugee Move TAIPEH Chiang Wednesday decided to abandon the threatened Tachen The deci was reached in a cabinet meeting of the Na government in Taipeh Wednesday morn Presumably the Seventh Fleet will assist in the evacuation of Na troops from the TAIPEH first group of war refugees from Tachen Islands arrived at the north Formosa of Keelung Tuesday in an evacuation prompted by Chinese Communist threats against is The movement of the ref 200 women and with Pres ident Dwight to Congress to author ize him take strong measures to defend Formosa from the Authoritative s o u r ti e s in Taipeh said the Chiang Kai shek government might be willing to go along condition ally with idea of evacuating not only civilians but also troops from the which lie some 200 miles north of The initial evacuation of wo men and children from the was accomplished without incident and the LST carrying the refugees was con voyed by Nationalist The LST also had the pro warships of the Seventh Fleet for part of the voyaged Among the evacuees were 39 widows and orphans of Na soldiers who fell in fighting at Island Continued on Page 16 2 Radford To Brief Group WASHINGTON man Carl an Wednesday that De fense Secretary Charles Wil son and Admiral Arthur Radford will brief the House Armed Services Committee Thursday on the world military Vinson also reported that the committee will launch hearings Tuesday on President Dwight proposal for a fouryear extension of the draft Also high on the com agenda are hearings on the proposed military pay raise and a new reserve The briefing by Wilson and Radford will be followed on Friday and Saturday by com sessions at which the secretaries of the Navy and Air Force will testify MAP ASIAN STRATEGY Congressional and military leaders meet In Washington Wednesday to chart Asian strategy as the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees consider a resolution expressing Americas readiness to fight to protect For Left td right are Walter Georgei chairman of the Senate For eign Relations Committee Admiral Arthur chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Russell chair man of the Armed Services Commit and General Matthew Army chief of AP Russia Declares German Peace After 14 Years MOSCOW Soviet Union Tuesday ended nearly 14 years of an official state of war with It declared peaceful relations are being with both East and West The action was taken effec tive immediately in a decree issued bjr the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the The ended its state of war with Germany on 19 other countries including Great Canada and France already had done On May the Britain and France signed a contract with the West German government in the absence of a peace which Russia The con tract made West Germany virtually though it remained an occupied Agreements restoring full West German sovereignty are now in process of Gives Gunboat To Philippine Navy UP The turned the first of the six new million gunboats over to the Philippines Wed They were promised under the Mutual Defense As sistance Navy designed to meet this problems n keeping an eye on its many slands and lengthy will be the fastest ships in the Philippine Spain Admitted as To Pending Full Status NEW YORK has formally been admitted as a permanent observer to the it was disclosed An official communication in viting Spain to sit in organization was transmitted by Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold to Spanish Am Jose Maria Observers viewed action as an important step in normal izing the hitherto strained rela tions between the and It was learned author that Spain will prompt ly appoint a permanent mission of top ranking officials to make their office in New Ambassador Areilza worked for more than a month sounding out various member nations and evidently prevailed on the majority to support the sion of Spain as a permanent Other countries that have received similar status pending their admission as a full mem ber are West Austria and South to Pay Panama Higher Rent Gains Free Site to Train Troops WASHINGTON AP ma and the Wednesday signed a new treaty govern ing in the Panama Canal thus end ing negotiations begun by Jose Antonio Panamanian president who was assassinat ed Major provisions of the treaty increase the American governments annual rental payment to Panama from 300 to and give the free use of about acres of Panamanian territory for military training and The by the treaty gives up various rights under the original 1903 when the Panama Canal was under con The new treaty provides rest riction of commissary and im port privileges for citizens a single basic wage scale for all and Pana manian employes in the Canal broader opportuni ties to Panamanian firms to sell supplies to the Zone gov The now has no mili tary operations in Panamanian except those arrang ed for from time to time by mutual after negor by the two govern Its normal military operations in the Zone are under the Department of Defense authorities here have long wanted regular use of certain areas of Panamanian territory for military training and maneuvers and that is arranged for under the new Vote Follows Plea for Unity See stories Page 3 WASHINGTON The House Wednesday overwhelmingly voted President Dwight Eisen unlimited powers to send forces into bat tle against the Chinese Communists if necessary to defend the Formosa The House approved without change the Presidents fight Far East reso The vote was 409 to Graham Barden Eugene Siler and Timothy Sheehan R were the House Democratic leader John McCormack and Re publican House Leader Joseph Martin both appealed for unanimous action to demonstrate that America is united in the fight against Communist Speaker Sam Ray burn D also called for speedy approval of the Presidents request for the but he warned that it could be very dangerous and embar rassing if it becomes a precedent for the President to ask prior congressional approv al of actions that he caa take on his own as Ray burn said that if the President waits congres action in such emer there will come a time when 12 hours will be too long a time to McCormack told the House that this was no time for try ing to place the blame for the crisis today is the day for unity and Some political sniping broke out Chet Holi field accused the President of He said the President has now was not telling the truth two years ago when he said former president Harry Truman had used the Navy to shield the Chinese Communists from a Nationalist Ray Madden D said the administration should apologize for telling the country during the last political campaign that it had accomplished peace in 9 Korean Boys Killed by Grenade Korea AP Nine Korean boys were killed Mon day when an antitank hand grenade they were playing with went Korean Na tional Police reported Wed Police said the incident took place in a kindergarten yard in 40 miles north of The between 5 and picked up the explosive at a vacant lot formerly used by a South Korean Army
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