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India-China stand-off: Despite similarities with 1962, it’s the difference in hostilities that India should note

India-China stand-off: Despite similarities with 1962, it’s the difference in hostilities that India should note
India-China stand-off: Despite similarities with 1962, it’s the difference in hostilities that India should note
What’s fundamentally changed since 1962 is that India is no longer up against a China wanting to assert itself in a border dispute, but a China demanding acquiescence in its quest for global domination.

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The manner in which matters have unfolded since April-May itself reflects this contrast — even though these are the same areas, valleys and posts around which the conflict took place in 1962. Importantly, it is India’s response this time around that has brought out the difference, since China probably came in with the same assumptions it did 58 years ago.

NEW DELHI: It was on this day in 1962 that China mounted simultaneous assaults on Indian posts in different sectors along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC), ending months of dare in which both sides were locked in close quarter deployment. The present situation in Ladakh, no doubt, bears resemblances to this troubled past. But, in reality, the two are very different.The manner in which matters have unfolded since April-May itself reflects this
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