• Tokyo


In his Dec. 13 article, “The art of war, Chinese style,” Brahma Chellaney repeats the claim that, in 1962, China made a surprise attack on India. As China desk officer in Australia’s Department of External Affairs, I can assure him that, for me and my colleagues in London and Washington at the time, it was no surprise attack.

Throughout that year, Indian troops had been probing Chinese defenses along the line of control between the two nations. Beijing had warned that there would be consequences. When Indian troops moved into the Dhola Strip north even of the McMahon Line frontier claimed by India in the North East Frontier Area (NEFA), there were consequences — a rapid Chinese attack followed by an equally rapid withdrawal.

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