India-China Face-off


India-China Face-off

Aftab H. Wahla

Historically, India-China ties date back to the 1950s. Both countries started their diplomatic relations in a cordial atmosphere. After the defeat of the Kuomintang (Nationalist) government on October 1, 1949, by Mao Zedong-led communist forces, India was the first non-communist Asian country that recognized Democratic Republic of China IDRC) and established diplomatic relations with it. But soon, the flowering relations withered and faded into an atmosphere of hostility on account of various factors like Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950; the 1959 correspondence between DRC premier and his Indian counterpart Jawaharlal Nehru in which China refused to accept McMahon Line (de-facto demarcation line between India and China) as the international border; and India’s provocative action of offering asylum to Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers in 1959.

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