“The main objective of Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China, to attack India in 1962 was to 'humiliate' Nehru who was emerging as a leader of the third world,” it said.
"India's implementation of the Forward Policy served as a major provocation to China in September 1962," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA official, wrote the book titled 'JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA and the Sino-Indian War'.
"Mao's focus was on Nehru, but a defeat of India would also be a setback for two of Mao's enemies (Nikita) Khrushchev and Kennedy," Riedel wrote. As India was losing its territory to China fast and suffering heavy casualty, Nehru in a letter to Kennedy in November 1962 said India needed 'air transport and jet fighters to stem the Chinese tide of aggression'.
"A lot more effort, both from us and from our friends will be required,” Nehru wrote. Nehru in another letter to Kennedy wrote in quick succession, Riedel writes. This letter written by Nehru in a state of panicky was hand delivered by the then Indian Ambassador to the US BK Nehru to Kennedy on November 19.
"Nehru was thus asking Kennedy to join the war against China by partnering in an air war to defeat the PLA (Peoples Liberation Army of China). It was a momentous request that the Indian Prime Minister was making. Just a decade after American forces had reached a cease-fire with the Chinese Community Forces in Korea, India was asking JFK to join a new war against Community China," Riedel wrote in his book.

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