Chinese attack held
Indian troops who cleared the Chinese from certain hill features in the vicinity of Walong in NEFA on November 15 were facing a massive counter attack in the same area. A spokesman of the Defence Ministry said that the Chinese attack can be regarded as the biggest so far in NEFA. November 16’s Indian casualties of ten killed and twenty wounded gives an indication of the magnitude of the fighting.
Build-up by India
China on November 16 charged in a new note to India that a large number of Indian troops were being “massed at both ends of the border” and had opened heavy artillery fire in recent days “in preparation for a new attack.” The note repeated charges that one of the places where this was taking place was Chushul, a key town in Ladakh on the Indian side of what China regards as the boundary line. It said that while keeping a “close watch on the movement of Indian troops, the Chinese Government once again advises the Indian side not to reject the goodwill and appeals of the Chinese side for a peaceful settlement and for avoiding the expansion of the conflict — and also not to take Chinese forbearance and self-respect as a sign that China is weak and can be bullied.”
Transport planes supply
The United States is helping India procure transport aircraft from Canada and is discussing the sale of some U.S. transport planes to India, according to U.S. State Department officials. The State Department Press Officer, Mr. Lincoln White, said the United States would give “sympathetic consideration” to any formal requests received from India for transport planes.
Cut in arms aid to China
Czechoslovakia is cutting down her military supplies to China, or altogether stopping them in certain lines, according to the usually well-informed Financial Times , on November 14. China has apparently been relying to a considerable extent on the Czech arms industry and the cessation of supplies could mean either that she has already got all she needs, or that Czechoslovakia is refusing to help build up her forces any more.