Military Policy & Weapons/Sino-Indian War 1962


Sir, I have a doubt. Opportunistic Chinese exploited Cuban missile crisis and attacked India. USSR declared neutrality.
Only because strong American intervention India could save Assam.  Why didnít  India return them  the same favor  on 1969 Sino- Soviet  war?
After all,  India won 1967 and 1987 border clashes against China. Please reply. Yours Sincerely,  Jose. India.

Recent information shows that Jawaharlal Nehru had requested military intervention by the United States:

"Admitting that Indians couldn't use air strikes against the rampaging Chinese army for fear of retaliatory action, Nehru went on to specifically ask for 12 squadrons of supersonic all-weather fighters and a modern radar system. He also mentioned that these aircraft would have to be manned by US personnel while the Indians were still being trained."

As it happened, the Sino-Indian War coincided exactly with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Pres. Kennedy was in no position to undertake military intervention against the Chinese in Asam and therefore rejected Nehru's request. (He likely would have declined even if there were no missile crisis with Cuba.) This contributed to India's moving closer to the Soviet Union and the beginning of decades-long close military collaboration with Moscow.

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Diplomacy and foreign affairs. How government decision-making takes place. Interactions of the White House, State Dept., Pentagon, Congress and CIA in formulating policy. How governments deal with each other. Area expertise includes Afghanistan, Indochina, Europe, Cuba. Served in Guantanamo. Currently a member of the Diplomatic Readiness Reserve and Standby Response Corps.


23-years as a diplomat with the U.S. State Dept. Previously at the Defense Dept. Prior to joining government, worked as a journalist with major news organizations.

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M.A. - U.S. Naval War College
M.A. - Columbia Univ.
B.A. - George Washington Univ.

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