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Foreign Policy-Sino-Indian Relations

Foreign Policy THE Peking broadcast which caused such a furore in the Lok Sahha on December 12 was one of a series of talks on the People's Liberation Arny. The title of this particular talk, cumbersome as it is, speaks for itself: "How Today's Chinese People's Liberation Army Inherits and Carries Forward Its Glorious Traditions and Is Heady to Wipe Out Invading Enemies at Any Time." It is all about PLA's success in border self-defence, besides' its success as a "staunch defender of our socialist revolution and socialist construction". It recalls what Mao tse- tung said on the eve of national liberation in 1949: "The People's. Libera- tion Army is always a fighting force. Even after the countrywide victory, our army Will remain a fighting force during the historical period in which classes have not been abolished in our country and the imperialist system still exists in the world. On this point there should be no misunderstanding or wavering". The reference to the Sino- Indian border is made when it speaks of attack and counterattack; "We will not attack unless we are attacked but if we are attacked we will certainly counterattack. This is a principle the Chinese people have consistently followed. The Chinese people mean what they say. This truism is borne by the wars of self-defence and counterattack on Sino-Indian bonier, on Chenpan island and in Hisha islands". Detailing the three episodes (involving disputes with India, Soviet Union, and Vietnam), it gives the Chinese version of the October 20, 1962 border incidents that touched off the war with India, the March 2 and March 15. 1964 incidents on the Soviet border, and the January 15, 1975 clash on the Yunglo island of the Haisha group of the then South Vietnam.

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