Not many Indians know this, but just five years after the 1962 debacle, the Chinese were given a bloody nose at Nathu La. Read about it all here.
This is a post from another forum:
May 1841 – Just one Indian community – the Dogras under Zorawar Singh – beat the shit out of Chinese
August 1842 – Dogras under Dewan Hari Chand and Wazir Ratnu again beat the Chinese in the Battle of Chusul. Ladakh officially becomes a part of India.
1839-1842 – First Opium War – EIC expeditionary forces comrising 7,069 navy personnel, 5,000 British troops and 7,000 Indian troops take on Chinese forces of 200,000 inflicting 18,000-20,000 casulties for 69 killed 451 wounded. That is the reason Punjab Regiment crest shows a ship and the motto is “sthal wa jal”, emphasizing their fighting prowess as expeditionary forces via sea.
1856-1860 – Second Opium War – again similar number of Indian soldiers participated