Chris Stowers/Panos Pictures

Kinmen (Quemoy), Taiwan

A manequin soldier keeps vigil on Xiao (Little) Kinmen Island against the risk of invasion from the Chinese mainland, visible in the distance a mile or two away.

Following the retreat of Chiang Kai-shek's nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) forces to Taiwan (Formosa) at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, various outposts close to the Chinese mainland were kept in Republic of China (ROC) hands. Despite furious artillery bombardments during the 1950s and early 60s, a ROC military presence (of up to 50,000 troops at its height - today that number is closer to 3-5,000) continues to maintain vigilance on Kinmen and its associated islands, just a stone's throw from the mainland.

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Kinmen (Quemoy)
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