Documentary on 1962 China-India War returns to spotlight amid border dispute

Updated 02 Jul 2020

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The documentary shows how the Chinese military defeated the Indian troops who had tried to invade Chinese territory along the border in October 1962. — AFP/File
The documentary shows how the Chinese military defeated the Indian troops who had tried to invade Chinese territory along the border in October 1962. — AFP/File

KARACHI: A documentary on the China-India war in 1962 is now a popular post on Chinese social media following the June 15 border clash between the two countries. According to Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party-owned paper, the craze on social media shows the Chinese people “want to see the film to learn more about the history of the conflict.”

The documentary, first released as an episode of the History programme on Shanghai television, shows how the Chinese military defeated the Indian troops who had tried to invade Chinese territory along the border in October 1962. Chinese netizens, according to Global Times, “found some of the details in the documentary inspiring.”

“This was the first self-defensive counterattack along the border by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity since the founding of the People’s Republic of China,” the documentary said.

According to the documentary, after hearing the news of the PLA’s counterattack, the Indian government was shocked. The country’s defence minister “was unable to provide an answer on how to resist the Chinese troops during an interview, saying that the troops were able to go wherever they wanted to.”

Netizen Muzijin commented on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo: “I can completely see our country’s attitude through the documentary. Whether it be 1962 or 2020, we have never provoked anyone, nor have we ever been afraid of other’s provocation.”

According to Global Times, “some netizens pointed out that the documentary reflects the military power of the PLA.” During the 1962 war, “three PLA soldiers were able to destroy an Indian artillery position and defeat an infantry battalion during a battle.”

Pang Guoxing led two soldiers, Ran Fulin and Wang Shijun, to sneak 7.5 kilometres behind enemy lines to disrupt the enemy’s movements without being injured. According to the paper, this event has been considered a representative example of how to defeat a force superior in numbers with a small group.

“Young people should watch this documentary to learn more about the history between China and India,” another netizen posted on Sina Weibo.

Published in Dawn, July 2nd, 2020