December 12, 2009

Chapter 12: Betting on the Nationalists

T.V. Soong is labeled a war criminal by the Chinese communists and comes to the United States. William Douglas Pawley sends a letter to Secretary of State Dean Acheson suggesting that a group of up to 150 civilian economic advisors and retired military officers be sent to Taiwan to support Chiang in his opposition to the communists who were taking over the Chinese mainland. In January 1950, Commerce International China, a subsidiary of World Commerce Corporation, was established to provide the advisors. The parent company was controlled by former Office of Strategic Services head William Donovan. Others with an interest in the company were William Pawley, Nelson Rockefeller, John J. McCloy and W. T. Keswick, a British intelligence chief in Asia. Chennault refuses to be involved with any organization that includes Pawley.