OPINION

April 25, 1959

CHINA-INDIA: London, 23 – Peking radio, the Chinese press and the entire propaganda machine of the People’s Republic of China have launched a diatribe against India and its prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, over India’s involvement in the Tibet question. Relations between the two Asian superpowers are steadily deteriorating. The Chinese campaign has focused on a statement by the Dalai Lama last Saturday condemning the communist rulers of Tibet. The New China news agency claims that the statement did not come from the Dalai Lama himself and that «Indian expansionists» were using the situation in Tibet to interfere in China’s domestic affairs. The Chinese «parliament» today issued fresh criticisms of «Indian expansionists, imperialists and foreign reactionaries» who are sympathizing with the Tibetan rebels. Headlines in all of today’s Chinese newspapers have assumed the tone of an insulted nation, and also launch an attack on American propaganda. One of them writes that «the United States is spreading divisiveness, slandering China and attempting to undermine China’s relations with other Asian countries.»