INDIA: The Dragon's Breath

As the winter snow began drifting down on the Chinese troops camped arrogantly on the bleak slopes of Indian Kashmir, all India suddenly became aware that Red China was not simply guilty of "overenthusiastic pursuit of Tibetan refugees" (as one Indian official had first surmised), but was embarked on a systematic quarrel with India, and not particularly keen for negotiation. The prospect loomed that Red China wanted a test of strength with its No. 1 rival in Asia.

Noisy Uproar. Indians, who had long dismissed such notions as cold war fantasies, were alarmed,...

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