India: While the Guns Were Silent

The towns and villages in India's North East Frontier Agency were blacked out from dusk to dawn last week. At the front, an uneasy truce was maintained as Indian troops warily waited to see if the Red Chinese forces would keep their pledge to withdraw 12½ miles behind the lines they occupied on Nov. 7, 1959. But while the guns were silent, the diplomats were at work.

In New Delhi, Britain's Commonwealth Secretary Duncan Sandys and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State W. Averell Harriman sat through a grueling round of conferences with Indian...

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