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The Secret Army


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Introduction: Two Young Chinese Soldiers vii Glossary of Key Players xiii List of Abbreviations xvii Chapter 1: Retreat from Yunnan 1 Chapter 2: Sorting Things Out in Tachilek 15 Chapter 3: Lieutenant General Li Mi 29 Chapter 4: Li Mi and His American Friends 45 Chapter 5: Li Mi's Yunnan Anticommunist National Salvation Army 57 Chapter 6: Attacking Yunnan 69 Chapter 7: Washington Opts Out 87 Chapter 8: Li Mi's Army Settles into Burma 97 Chapter 9: Washington Cuts Its Losses 113 Chapter 10: Southern Strategy and Karen Allies 121 Chapter 11: The Road to the United Nations 131 Chapter 12: The United Nations vs. KMT Duplicity 139 Chapter 13: First Evacuation from Burma 153 Chapter 14: Liu Yuan-lin's Yunnan Anticommunist Volunteer Army 165 Chapter 15: A Resurgent KMT 181 Chapter 16: Operation Mekong: Sino-Burmese Forces Rout the KMT 191 Chapter 17: Air Battle Over Burma and American Weapons 205 Chapter 18: The Second KMT Evacuation 213 Chapter 19: Removing KMT Remnants from Laos 225 Chapter 20: Nationalist Chinese Armies in Thailand 235 Chapter 21: Thailand?s Troublesome Guests 251 Chapter 22: Intelligence Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense 265 Chapter 23: Resettlement in Thailand 281 Chapter 24: Soldiering on for Thailand 293 Chapter 25: Postscript 305 Bibliography 309 Index 329

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Richard M. Gibson earned a BS in 1965 and in 1966 an MA in history at San Jose State College, San Jose, California. As a Naval officer from 1966-71, he served aboard ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and taught history at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. In 1971, Gibson joined the US Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. His postings included Martinique, French West Indies, Burma and Japan. He speaks French, Thai, and Japanese fluently, and received the Department of States meritorious and superior honor awards. Wen-hua Chen earned a BA in Chinese literature from Tunghai University, Taiwan and an MA in oriental history at Hiroshima University, Japan. Chen also studied at Taiwan's prestigious Academia Sinica. In 1975, he began a career with the United Nations as a Chinese translator, working in both Bangkok, Thailand, and at UN Headquarters in New York. He retired in 2000 and has been pursuing various writing projects, publishing several works in Chinese language periodicals in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

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