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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

History According to Chinese

There is history and then there is Chinese history. I found this out while talking to a Chinese colleague few years ago - even if one accounts for nationalistic spin by governments, Chinese official history falls under separate category.

And so the history of 1962 war. The perpetrators becomes the victims, as usual when it comes to India's neighbours.

He quoted former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai as saying that “we had sent three open telegrams to (Jawaharlal) Nehru asking him to make a public reply, but he refused. He was so discourteous; he wouldn't even do us the courtesy of replying, so we had no choice but to drive him out.”

“....To the surprise of the world, China announced its unilateral and unconditional withdrawal to 20 kilometres behind the disputed McMahon Line,” he said quoting Zhou. [Link]

The He is Lau Nai-keung, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, talking about the peaceful nature of Chinese Communist regime, ahead of Chinese foreign minister, Li Zhaoxing’s , visit to India.