JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and the Sino-Indian by Bruce Riedel

By Bruce Riedel

Bruce Riedel presents new standpoint and insights into Kennedy's forgotten quandary within the most threatening days of the chilly war.

The Cuban Missile trouble outlined the presidency of John F. Kennedy. yet through the comparable week that the area stood transfixed by means of the potential of nuclear struggle among the us and the Soviet Union, Kennedy was once additionally ate up by means of a battle that has escaped history's realization, but nonetheless considerably reverberates at the present time: the Sino-Indian conflict.

As well-armed troops from the People's Republic of China surged into Indian-held territory in October 1962, Kennedy ordered an emergency airlift of provides to the Indian military. He engaged in diplomatic talks that stored the neighboring Pakistanis out of the struggling with. The clash got here to an finish with a unilateral chinese language cease-fire, relieving Kennedy of a choice to interfere militarily in help of India.

Bruce Riedel, a CIA and nationwide protection Council veteran, presents the 1st complete narrative of this problem, which performed out in the course of the stressful negotiations with Moscow over Cuba. He additionally describes one other, approximately forgotten episode of U.S. espionage in the course of the warfare among India and China: mystery U.S. aid of Tibetan competition to chinese language profession of Tibet. He info how the us, starting in 1957, educated and parachuted Tibetan guerrillas into Tibet to struggle chinese language army forces. the U.S. didn't abandon this covert aid until eventually kinfolk have been normalized with China within the 1970s.

Riedel tells this tale of struggle, international relations, and covert motion with authority and standpoint. He attracts on newly declassified letters among Kennedy and Indian chief Jawaharlal Nehru, in addition to the diaries and memoirs of key gamers and different resources, to make this the definitive account of JFK's forgotten main issue. this can be, Riedel writes, Kennedy's best hour as you might have by no means learn it before.

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