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Chinese Communists Advance Into India

Oct. 21, 1962 - The Chinese Communists advanced farther into Indian territory today on the second day of heavy fighting between Indian and Chinese troops. The Chinese struck at Indian outposts along the Tibetan border early yesterday. All forward posts in that area and two more unnamed posts in Ladakh, in the western section of the 2,500-mile-long Himalayan frontier, have been lost by the Indians. An Indian Defense Ministry statement said that the Chinese had “continued to press their attacks in considerable strength” in the North East Frontier Agency area. Indian troops were said to have taken up “new defensive positions.” Defense Minister V.K. Krishna Menon said the Chinese advance had been “continuous.” He added: “Our troops are resisting and fighting for every inch of ground.” He said casualties had been “heavy on both sides.”

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