India's Prime Minister Nehru has warned of the possibility of a new Chinese attack on his country.
India's Prime Minister Nehru has warned of the possibility of a new Chinese attack on his country. Chinese troops reported are massing in a narrow area between Sikkim and Bhutan. India fears a new invasion route might cut through the tiny Himalayan kingdom.
Gangtok...the mountain-top capital of Sikkim...once was the commercial trade link between Tibet, 45 miles northeast over the mountains, and India, seventy miles to the south. Gangtok has about 12-thousand inhabitants. The new buildings in the village are recent evidence of Indian economic investment in Sikkim. India built the telegraphic and postal system there...India is responsible by treaty for defense of the kingdom. But this is difficult because there are only 550 miles of road in the country.
Last week China charged India with new air and ground violations along the China-Sikkim borderline...and China lodged another protest with the Indian government. American and British arms were rushed to Sikkim last November in an effort to discourage a Chinese march through the passes leading south....and Sikkim could easily become one of the new trouble spots in Asia.