Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How China Fights: Lessons From the 1962 Sino-Indian War

Brahma Chellaney Oct 29, 2012
China gave India a “lesson” in 1962. Study it now.   The rest of the world may have forgotten the anniversary, but a neglected border war that took place 50 years ago is now more pertinent than ever. Before dawn on the morning of Oct. 20, 1962, the People’s Liberation Army launched a surprise attack, driving with overwhelming force through the eastern and western sections of the Himalayas, deep into northeastern India. On the 32nd day of fighting, Beijing announced a unilateral ceasefire, and the war ended as abruptly as it had begun. Ten days later, the Chinese began withdrawing from the areas they had penetrated on India’s eastern flank, between Bhutan and Burma, but they kept their territorial gains in the West—part of the original princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. India had suffered a humiliating rout, and China’s international stature had grown substantially.  To Read More….
My takePerhaps the Chinese think that Japan needs to be taught a lesson also. Please read the comments.  There is one that is interesting in that it seems to be an attempt to divert attention from China’s actions by declaring the Indian government is trying to hide their incompetence.  The fact that Indian diplomats didn't take warnings seriously, and the Indian military was ill-equipped to deal with the Chinese is immaterial and a logical fallacy.  There are two components to “shuami’s” comments that should be addressed. 
1.       Has China has been the aggressor, i.e. "bully" over and over again?  I would say the Tibetans would think so, and they were clearly the aggressor here.
2.      Was China been "sneaky" in their attack on India?  Since they didn't issue a declaration of war and it was a "sneak attack" I would have to say yes. 
Any comments about declassifying documents are red herrings.  Logical fallacies are only difficult to overcome when you don’t recognize them.  Once they are recognized they are easy to overcome and those who use them are then lost because it is an attempt of divert attention away from truth….and truth is hemlock to these types.  


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