• Tokyo

  • SHARE

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.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW