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Chinas India War is well-written and challenges dominant views in the historiography on the Sino-Indian border conflict. Its arguments are evocative and provocative. (Reed H. Chervin, University of Hong Kong) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong, the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet, and Jane’s Information Group in the UK. He is currently with Asia Times Online and Asia Pacific Media Services. Lintner has written 17 books on Asian politics and history, including Outrage: Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; Land of Jade: A Journey from India through Northern Burma to China; Blood Brothers: Crime, Business and Politics in Asia; Great Leader, Dear Leader: Demystifying North Korea Under the Kim Clan; Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; World.Wide.Web: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century; and Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN : B078HH892C
  • Publisher : OUP India; 1st edition (25 January 2018)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1662 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 349 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mao killed two birds with one stone
By Sandy on 6 February 2020
By 1959, "The Great Leap Forward" had failed miserably in China, leading to wide spread dissent. Furthermore, Dalai Lama the spiritual leader of Tibet, had fled to India. Mao's position was tenuous in the party. His answer, stir up local jingoism by finding a common enemy in India while teaching us a lesson with a quick and decisive battle. This War was thus, a well thought out strategy (planned as early as 1959) and not just a temperamental reaction to Nehru's forward policy of 1962.

The Chinese propaganda machine had even employed Neville Maxwell to write a book which obviously lionised Chinese aggression as necessary evil in the wake of Nehu's forward policy. This book is a rebuttal to Maxwell's assertions, which had squarely blamed India for the War. Linter counters Maxwell with facts from now declassified documents in China which indicate to a much more sinister plot to humiliate India. The Chinese aggression began in October of 1962, with the Chinese Army swiftly progressing into Indian territory in a premeditated fashion. Indian resistance quickly collapsed in the wake of overwhelming Chinese heavy artillery firepower. As Chinese reached their objectives, they stopped further ingress, although, India had withdrawn preemptively to the plains. Within a month of this aggression they withdrew from the captured regions and declared unilateral ceasefire, before any US assistance could reach India. Mao had also informed the USSR of an imminent WAR with India and requested their communist brethren not to interfere, which the Russians obliged. A War was thus trust upon on India while China emerged as the leader of the third world and Nehru succumbed to his fate in ignominy.

China achieved on its objective. The loss eroded India's position as an Independent sovereign state. Nehru died within a year of the war. The success of this campaign allowed Mao to squash all dissent within China, while he reemerged as the preeminent leader of the CCP. He reign supreme for another 15 years until his death in 1976.

It is a brilliantly written book which also gives you a peek into the obscure world of Chinese politics and a view on to Chinese Leaderships (especially Mao) during those periods.

Bertil Lintner deserves an award by the Govt of India for publishing India's side of the story.
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