CHINA CAN NEVER BE A FRIEND
London-based Indian origin business baron, Lord Rami Ranger, CBE, says India must learn from history and put the country’s interest above cheap Chinese products
As Indians were celebrating their newfound love for Communist China, she attacked India in 1962. India was a newly independent country and could not afford a war with her communist neighbour who already had the experience of waging war from annexing her neighbour, Tibet. India lost some territory, prestige and her precious sons who tried to defend their Mother India ill-prepared and ill-equipped. Chinese troops crossed the McMahon Line and took up positions deep in Indian territory, capturing mountain passes and towns. The war lasted one month but resulted in more than 1,000 Indian deaths and over 3,000 Indians taken as prisoner. The Chinese military suffered fewer than 800 deaths. By November, Premier Zhou Enlai of China declared a cease-fire, unofficially redrawing the border near where Chinese troops had conquered the territory.
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