China tells half truth by only mentioning 1962 war with India
New Delhi: China often mentions 1962 war with India to establish that its army is better equipped and more skillful . It never talks about the defeat it faced in 1967 at the hands of Indian army in Sikkim because it puts the country in a bad light.
The situation had completed changed after five years and Chinese army had to retreat after an encounter with the Indian army in Chola pass. It was pushed back to as long as three kilometres . It has not been able to regain the lost ground yet.
And this claim has not been made by the Indian army. This story of bravery has been carried in a book written by Pongsak Hoontrakul . The book is entitled, " The Global Rise of Asian Transformation: Trend and Development".
According to the author, Chinese had clashed with the Indian army twice in 1967-- in September and October. The casualties in these encoungters were more on the Chinese side than Indian. As many as 340 Chinese were killed in them as against loss of 88 Indian Jawans.
The People's Liberation Army of China had the first scuffle with Indian defence forces on September 11 when some Jawans were erecting a fence in Nathula Pass in Sikkim which is connected with Tibet which is under Chinese control . After a brief argument and physical fight Chinese army men fired on unarmed Indian Jawans who were erecting the fence . Two Jawans were killed in the firing.
The next month the Indian army took a revenge, killed many enemies and pushed the PLA back .
Sikkim was not merged with India then but it was an " Indian protectorate" with deployment of Indian army. It became one of the states of the country in 1975.