A Battalion of Nationalist Chinese troops assembled in formation on a ramp at an airbase in Formosa (Taiwan). They wear summer conical hats. Their Commander, a Major, calls them to attention and addresses them. Next, a Sergeant is seen briefing a squad of camouflaged soldiers. A landing craft stops short of a beach and Nationalist Chinese troops jump out, wade ashore, and charge across the beach. From different view, the beach is seen to have barbed wire and other obstacles on it. Smoke rises from live fire carried out at side of beach. The troops dash between obstacles and surmount a berm. Next, soldiers are seen riding atop two camouflaged U.S. M2 half-tracks, crossing a bridge, at high speed. They are followed by two U.S. Stuart M3 light tanks and infantry running behind. An infantryman running along a furrow in a cultivated field. Two infantrymen run through a rice paddy where farmer is working. One gets exhausted and falls down in the paddy. Two soldiers firing a mortar. Another soldier demonstrates throwing a hand grenade, and ducks for cover as it explodes. Three soldiers firing an M1917 Browning water-cooled machine gun. Goosestepping Nationalist Chinese troops parade along a wide dirt road, past several buildings. They raise considerable dust as they march.
A film shows the geographical features of Taiwan. A view of the mountainous area. A camper with a bag on his back looks at the mountains. A house in between the mountains. The houses surrounded by the mountains. A view of clouds over the mountains. A group of campers wake in morning and look at cloud formations below them. The campers with bags hanged on their back climb steps on the mountains and set off across footbridge to further ascend mountain. A camper heading towards the footbridge. Flowers that grow in mountainous ranges of Formosa. A group of school children on mountain expedition. The children climb up the mountain. They walk on a footbridge. A view of the mountainous area. A house surrounded by the mountains.
The third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in the United States. Charles Van Fremd from CBS News asks Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M Nixon that if he were the president would he launch a war if the Chinese Communists began an invasion of Quemoy and Matsu and if he would authorize the use of nuclear weapons if regular conventional forces failed to halt the invasion. Nixon answers and states that it is irresponsible for a presidential candidate to indicate the course of action and the weapons he would use in the event of such an attack. He states that he would not say in advance how the U.S. would respond. He states that the Chinese Communists do not want just Quemoy and Matsu or Formosa, but the world. He concludes that defense of the free world territories and not surrender will lead to the path of peace. Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy talks about a treaty to defend Formosa and the Pescadores Island. He states that the U.S. would meet its commitment to Formosa. He disagrees with Nixon's suggestion that the United States should go to war if Quemoy and Matsu islands are attacked as the treaty does not include these two islands. He concludes and says that the U.S. would defend if Formosa or the Pescadores Island is under attack.
The second Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate in Washington DC, United States. Edward P. Morgan of ABC asks Democratic candidate Senator John F Kennedy to comment on whether Quemoy and Matsu were unwise places to draw U.S. defense line in the Far East. Kennedy states that he believes strongly in the defense of Formosa and says that the U.S. will defend Quemoy and Matsu if it is a part of a general attack on Formosa. He says that the U.S. should consult with the Nationalists. He states that the Americans should protect their commitments. Republican candidate U.S. Vice President Richard M Nixon states that he disagrees completely with Senator Kennedy on this point and states the example of the Korean War. Regarding Quemoy and Matsu he says that these two islands are in the area of freedom and under the control of the Nationalists. He states that the U.S. should not force the Nationalist allies to get off of them and give them to the Communists because the Communists aren't after Quemoy and Matsu, but after Formosa.
Newsreel 'News in brief, Formosa'. A view of the impact of floods in Formosa. Flooded areas and damaged buildings seen. Relief work and rescue work in progress. Native people seen. Several men wear local hats. Pedi cabs seen on street.
Typhoon devastates Formosa Island. The flooded area on Formosa Island due to typhoon, a bridge in the background. Buildings and homes sunk in flooded water. Damaged houses and trees. Civilians wade through flooded water. Half sunk cars in the water.