Remember Quemoy? Tourists May Invade Next

It looks as if there may be a confrontation. A Chinese boat has strayed too close to the shore of Quemoy, a Taiwanese-held island just a few miles away from China and one of the most heavily fortified plots of land in the world. Some Taiwanese soldiers open fire. Meanwhile, local residents nonchalantly go about their business. The shots are just routine warnings, explains Lin Li-hui, a 25-year-old restaurant manager. "If the soldiers actually hit the boat," she says, "then they would have to pay compensation."

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