Constant improvement in the proficiency of the armed forces of free China has reduced the need for American military advisers on Taiwan and the number of G-Is serving there will be reduced by ten percent by the end of this month.
Pan: guests in garden at Yangmingshan
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Exterior: military personnel, diplomats, wives, etc in reception line
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Interior: reception line
Sign: President & Madame Chiang reception
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Medium shot, Chiangs & guests
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General view of guests
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Background: Constant improvement in the proficiency of the armed forces of free China has reduced the need for American military advisers on Taiwan and the number of G-Is serving there will be reduced by ten percent by the end of this month.
All the officers of the 940-man U.S. military aid mission to the Republic of China were guests recently at a huge garden party and reception at Yangmingshan, in suburban Taipei.
President and Madame Chiang Kai-shek were the hosts for the reception to which army wives and dependents and U.S. diplomats were also invited. They greeted each guest.
The occasion was the thirteenth anniversary of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group, or MAAG for short, sent to Taiwan in 1951. Its objective -- to help the free Chinese government in its fight against Communist aggression.
The head of the mission -- Major General Kenneth Sanborn of the U.S. Air Force -- explained that the more proficient the Chinese become, the less need there will be for American assistance.
The peak strength of the mission was attained in 1955 where 23-hundred men were working as advisers on Taiwan. The fact that it is still the second largest military advisory group overseas, next only to the one in South Vietnam, is obvious evidence of continuing U.S. interest in free China.