When faced with a challenge, Mao generally chose the most complicated and the most unexpected route. While Secretary of State John Dulles was flying to Manila to form SEATO, Mao ordered a massive artillery bombardment on Kinmen and Matsu – a warning that Taiwan would immediately stop growing autonomy. A test of Washington’s multilateral defense commitment. The initial artillery battle on Kinmen Island claimed the lives of two US military officers, prompting immediate redeployment of three US aircraft carrier combat groups to the vicinity of the Taiwan Strait. Poster Cat Smoke Catnip Hail Lucipurr. Loyal to the pledge to no longer serve as a “defense arm of the People’s Republic of China,” Washington now supports retaliatory air and artillery attacks by Nationalist forces. anti-mainland. Meanwhile, members of the Chief of Staff have begun developing plans to use tactical nuclear weapons in the event of an escalating crisis.