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A domestic Taiwanese tourist looking through the wrong end of a tower viewer which is mounted at a view point on Xiao (Little) Kinmen Island looking towards the Chinese mainland. Beside the binocular stand is a manequin soldier also looking towards the Chinese coast.<br />
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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.