The Chinese premier on his last visit to India made the right noises. He commented that not a bullet had been fired across the border during the last 20 years. Very true, but it will be fallacy in case India was to ignore what happened in 1962. That was the period of Hindi Chin Bhai Bhai and Nehru foolishly believed the Chinese. The Chinese army mounted an offensive on both the eastern and western fronts. It was a cake walk in the east with the Indians displaying poor leadership. A large number of Indian officers and men ended up becomingChinese POW's.
But in Ladakh it was a different story. The battles were hard fought. Though outnumbered the Indian army gave an excellent account in the battles at Chusal and Gurung hill. Here the difference was leadership, which was a lot better than in the east. Though outnumbered the Indians could give the Chinese a bloody nose. But China won and the follies of Nehru and the General staff can no longer be hidden.
Has anything changed since then? The Chinese are ashrewd and mature people. They still think of themselves as the middle kingdom. They are evasive on the Security Council seat for india.Their approach even now is not different from that in 62. To sum up they never give up their claims. They may hibernate but as the time comes the claws come out in the open.
Despite the 50 trade pacts signed on the first day worth $ 16 billion, the border issue remains and China has not budged. The McMahan line is not recognized and the occupation of Ladakh is not negotiable. Twang and the entire eastern area of Arunachal Pradesh is still claimed by China as at some point of time Twang paid tribute to the ruler at Lasha.
Coming to the trade pacts, many are not impressed. A lot many people feel that India will be dumping ground for Chinese goods. The Indian leadership swallowed the Chinese line hook line and sinker in 62.One can only hope that this does not happen again