Chinese troops had marched in and distributed themselves between villages, with individual units charged with administering specific jurisdictions
Sixty years ago, on November 21, 1962, with advancing Chinese columns virtually on the outskirts of Tezpur and the Indian Army in full retreat, Beijing unexpectedly declared a unilateral ceasefire and undertook to withdraw its forces 20 kilometres (km) behind the McMahon Line. This amounted to a declaration of victory, riding on the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) October attack on the handful of Indian soldiers of 7 Infantry Brigade, which was deployed on the Namka Chu River north of Tawang.
To this day, opinion is divided on what motivated Beijing to call off the game at the moment of victory.
First Published: Nov 21 2022 | 10:26 PM IST