The vested interest in prosperity

The India-China relationship must focus on the future

What indeed has happened to the lofty-softy Kuldip Nayar?

Given this background, we need to welcome Premier Wen Jiabao linking a settlement on the boundary issue with the overall trajectory of bilateral ties between India and China today. His visit to India’s Silicon Valley at Bangalore, before touching down in New Delhi, indicates how keen he is to strengthen economic ties with India. He wants to chart a new course of cooperation. Prosperity creates a vested interest in peace. Therefore, he should be doing something positive on the boundary question. Time is a great healer. But the scars of the 1962 wounds still remain. This is not so much to do with India’s defeat but the shattering of its trust in China. Premier Wen should find ways to rebuild that trust. [IE]

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  1. “But the scars of the 1962 wounds still remain. This is not so much to do with India’s defeat but the shattering of its trust in China.”

    I wonder why they keep bringing this up, as now it is known that it was India that tried to do a “Kargil” back in 1962.

  2. Oh sorry, I read the article just now. Make it a point now to read the full thing before commenting. I found a few posts on other blogs today with a lot of suspicion on China’s motive in friendship with India.

    I was reading Zhou En Lai’s biography the other day, it is written by a person who friends with both Nehru and Zhou En Lai. She even was go between them for some time. It has some interesting facts leading up to the conflict. He was actually very hurt by the way Indians treated his proposal. In the days leading to the war, he kept sending messaged to Nehru to pull back the Indian forward positions. But Nehru kept ignoring him. Even the Indian ambassador in Peking was frustrated by the way conflicting messages kept coming from Delhi.

  3. hmm, interesting op-ed, agree with most facets. Although, I still dont why anyone should allow sovereign territory to be taken away in such a manner.

    Preetam,
    I remember reading about Mao being upset with Zhou. and on trying to wrest control from him. and that 1962 was his war to teach Nehru a lesson.

  4. IMHO, the whole shattering of trust stuff etc. was something that the Congress leaders came up with to justify the near criminal incompetence displayed by Nehru, Menon and others. Its so much easier to claim that “China violated our trust” rather than to say “We screwed up completely, both diplomatically and militarily”

    In any case, I do think we can let the war of 1962 forever cloud our judgement of China. Zhou En-Lai, Mao and Nehru are all long-dead, China and India have changed greatly. By all means, we should maintain our armed forces on the border, and we should build our military and industrial infrastructure to match that of China. But let us not allow an ancient war to get in the way of normalization of relations. China probbaly made a big concession this time around by admitting that Sikkim was part of India.

  5. >> now it is known that it was India that tried to do a “Kargil” back in 1962.

    Known by whom ? Neville Chamberlain ?? 😀

    You need to be careful before you make unqualified statements like that.

  6. Hi Upseed,

    Known by all of us “in the know”.

    Plus here are several books on the topic. I mentioned Zhou En Lai’s Biography. There are several others by western sources too.

    Here is one
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0394470516/qid=1113448369/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-0759694-4349422?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    Do a google for “Henderson Brooks report”. That was the official Indian report on the 1962 war. It is still not open to the Indian public.

  7. Going by what some people say here we should suppose that the Chinese invaded Tibet in a show of generosity – and that same generosity spilled over to include India as well after a few years. History since then has been proof as to who is the aggressor state and who has kept creating troubles for its neighbours – and who has the penchant for power-play.
    Those who plead chinese innocence can go and live in china.

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