Archive for May, 2015

1962 War – China’s Tinted ‘Take’ – What it Really Wants …

Posted on May 30, 2015. Filed under: Chinese Wisdom, From a Services Career | Tags: , , , |

Interesting article written by a Ghost writer for the Chinese Establishment – “Why China invaded India in 1962” by Uriel Yue Wang, Environmental Scientist. The lengthy piece has been edited and where its war with VietNam in 1979 is declared a Great Victory has been deleted as it actually got a bloody nose and lost Face.

It is abundantly made clear that China will never give up the Aksai Chin whereas they will accept the Macmohan line as the IB. So here is the background –
The “Johnson Line” of 1865,
This put Aksai Chin in Kashmir but its author was severely criticized for gross inaccuracies and the boundary termed “patently absurd” – whereupon Johnson resigned. The line was recognized at different times by the British, the Chinese and Nehru who directed the dotted line on Indian Maps to be made contiguous.

The Macartney–Macdonald Line
In 1893, a Chinese official handed a map of the boundary proposed by China to George Macartney and the Indian Government accepted it in a note to China in 1899 as it followed easily recognizable features and was deemed fair. This however placed the Aksai Chin in China.

Over to the Chinese Luminary

Generally the 1962 War is considered a very minor part of Chinese history and is defined as “conflict” rather than “war”. In my opinion, China and India should be the last two countries in the world between which a war should have broken out because an invasion of India simply does not make any sense.

The cause of the war in 1962 lay with Tibet. Historically, McMahon line was never acknowledged by China’s central government and it is indeed a fact that it was imposed on China. The reaction of China was natural. China was very confident about its potential and power and at the same time very sensitive to something left by colonists.

From a pragmatic point of view, Arunachal Pradesh is a part of traditional Tibet. But Vietnam was a part of China. Shall we seize Hanoi now? The greatest Chinese poet, Li Bai, was born in Today’s Kazakhstan. Shall we annex Middle Asia?

A natural border set by Himalayas is more reasonable than cultural borders, especially considering the culture there is Tibetan not Han. In any case, they do not speak Chinese at all. Why we must incorporate it into our map, offend a big neighbor and try our best to defend it? Certainly, this means part of traditional Tibet was segregated apart from nowadays Tibet. So what?

Today Tibet is indisputedly a part of China. It is common to have Tibetan in two countries. We can always redefine Tibet On the contrary, Aksai Chin was of utmost importance to China. Aksai Chin is the bolt which links and locks the two pieces of door planks (Xinjiang and Tibet) – without it, the door cannot close.

Whether this no man zone was or is a part of Kashmir, China must have it. Anything less than that would mean the two biggest provinces of China, which consist of almost one third of China’s territory, are divorced from each other. This situation will totally cripple the strategic position of whole west China.

In war if the attack starts from the west, China will be at a very unfavorable position for defense and probably lose all the “3rd line construction” in Xinjiang, including missile launching pits and great power stations. This is totally unacceptable.

The only way China can give up Aksai Chin is in the independence of Tibet – which means this region would have become another country’s problem. Certainly, this is impossible in any foreseeable future.

As for the war, I cannot say much. Here I shall translate an article from the biggest military forum in China. The article was posted by an old soldier. It is his own story about Sino-Indian war. He strongly disillusioned the general misconception that China won this war because China had better soldiers and Indian soldiers were cowards. He strongly praised Indian soldiers’ bravery.

He explained that due to Chinese army’s advantage in weaponry, an encounter between his platoon and an Indian platoon in a mountainous area soon became a slaughter. The worst weapons that Chinese soldiers used were at least semi-automatic, while their opponents mostly relied on the rifles from 1940s, some of which later were found that even could not work properly.

In the end when Indian soliders used up all their ammunition, they charged with bayonets. They were all gunned down. Not a single soldier surrendered. The Chinese collected all the bodies and paid them military respect.

In the post, he praised Indian soldiers as “great warriors”, and reflected that later he understood that these soldiers really thought that Chinese were the invaders and they were fighting to protect their home.

Also, he criticized the incompetence of Indian military command. Some battles were initiated from Indian side in a totally suicidal manner. Facing bombardment from advantageous mortar fire, Indian troops were still ordered to counter-attack without cover.

After Chinese army took the high ground and set up artillery, rather than tactically retreat or maneuver, the Indian troop were ordered to take back the high ground immediately – basically by crawling up the mountain.

When they were cut off, rather than re-group in an organized manner, the elite regiments were thrown into the death trap one by one without any thought. The results were disastrous.

A supposed-to-be orderly retreat became a full-scale debacle. During combat, the Indian soldiers were brave but during retreat, the Indian army was in total chaos.

When the retreat started, there was actually no retreat because the Indian army simply collapsed and Indian soldiers were running in every direction.

In this situation, it is PLA’s policy not to shoot but to capture the enemy. “They were running and we were chasing everywhere, at an altitude of at least 4500 meters.”

China indeed initiated a well prepared surprise attack, but the great success was contributed by its opponent’s military leaders. Status quo is the best for China and is also what it always wants. Currently in China, much more attention and voice was devoted to southern Tibet (Arunachal Pradesh). But actually nobody sensibly thinks we Chinese can reclaim it.

However, if India wants to take Aksai Chin back, that will definitely mean war. And this time it will be very big because the high-speed railway to Xinjiang and railway to Tibet are both finished. Probably it is is in both India’s and China’s interest that the border settles down just as it is now.

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Lord Chesterfield on Self Development …

Posted on May 23, 2015. Filed under: Guide Posts, Searching for Success, The English | Tags: , |

Let us learn from the celebrated letters of a father to his son – despite his view that as fathers commonly went, it was seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless. And on sex – the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous and the expense damnable. …………. Now over to Lord Chesterfield –

I recommend that you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.

Learning is acquired by reading books but the much more necessary learning which knowledge of the world, is acquired by reading men and studying them. You have to look into people – as well as at them – to take the tune of the company around you.

If you can once engage people’s pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

Patience is the most necessary quality. Many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request. Good humor is the health of the soul and sadness is its poison To be pleased, you must please

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise. Never seem more learned than the people around you. Wear your learning like a pocket watch – taking it out only when asked the time.

Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it, most aim at it, all fear it.. Few love it – unless in themselves.

A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income. Regularity in the hours of waking and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment and temperance in all things.

Aim at perfection in everything. Persist and persevere and you will find most things possible and attainable. Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well. Who ever is in a hurry, shows that the thing is too big for him.

Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial.

If you are not in fashion, you are nobody. The difference between a man of sense and a fop is that the fop values himself upon his dress. The man of sense laughs at it and at the same time he knows he must not neglect it.

Knowledge gives weight but accomplishment gives luster and the world sees more than it weighs. An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult. Advice is seldom welcome and those who need it the most, like it the least.


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Ageless Hints on Success Through REAL POLITIK …

Posted on May 18, 2015. Filed under: Searching for Success | Tags: , , , |

Your speech should be precise and if possible, truthful. It should please the ears and could be of some use to the one addressed.
Note that Truth occupies an irrelevant position.

Second. The practical KAUTILYA – 400BC.
All things are judged by results they produce. Nothing is good or bad – every thing depends on the result.
Compare the Bard’s, “Nothing is good or bad – it is thinking which makes it so”.

Third. …. The Raja of AMER agreed to marry his daughter, JODHA BAI to AKBAR the Great for his own future. Similarly Raja MAN Singh of Gwalior gifted possibly the greatest singer of all time, the Great TANSEN, to AKBAR for his own interest.
The Old Testament, “Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise and avert reproof”.

“The price of success is dedication, hard work and unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen”.
Schauppenheur – Any man can do what he wills but no man knows what he wills.

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A Wonderful Drive in the Lap of NANGA PARBAT

Posted on May 16, 2015. Filed under: Pakistan | Tags: , , , |

Nanga Parbat is a formidable EIGHT THOUsAND plus peak in Pakistan. It was first climbed by Herman Buhl in 1953 when Everest was also climbed. This Parbat had claimed over 50 German lives and so was held in special awe by them.

Buhl had begun the final day climb at 2am and soon found that his companion had given up and he then chose to go solo. He reached the summit late afternoon and took pics of surrounding peaks, which eventually served as proof of his achievement. Poor man, he had to spend the night in the open and was in delirium when a search party which was just giving up, spotted him. He lost his toes due to frost bite. This eventually resulted in his death on the Materhorn, some years later.

Here is an amateur video of a beautiful drive in the lap of this great peak. The photography is out of this world – something special for all out door types.

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