The Sino-Indian Conflict of 1962 delivered a crushing defeat to India: not solely did the nation undergo a lack of lives and a heavy blow to its satisfaction, the world started to see India because the provocateur of the battle, with China ‘merely defending’ its territory. This notion that China was largely the harmless sufferer of Nehru’s hostile insurance policies was put forth by journalist Neville Maxwell in his e-book India’s China Conflict, which discovered readers in lots of opinion makers, together with Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon.
For much too lengthy, Maxwell’s narrative, which sees India because the aggressor and China because the sufferer, has held court docket. Almost 50 years after Maxwell’s e-book, Bertil Lintner’s China’s India Conflict places the ‘border dispute’ into its rightful perspective. Lintner argues that China started planning the battle as early as 1959 and proposes that it was merely a small transfer within the bigger strategic recreation that China was enjoying to turn into a world participant—one which it continues to play even as we speak.