Cao Yin is Associate Professor and Cyrus Tang Scholar in the Department of History, Tsinghua University. His research interest covers modern Indian history, global history and India-China connections in the twentieth century. He is the author of From Policemen to Revolutionaries: A Sikh Diaspora in Global Shanghai, 1885-1945 (Leiden: Brill, 2017). He is now working on a book manuscript of how India was turned into the home front of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
「 The Last Hump: The Lahore Elementary Flying Training School, the Chinese Civil War, and the Final Days of the British Raj 」
This article centers on the evacuation of the Lahore Elementary Flying Training School, which was built in 1943 for training Chinese pilots and mechanics, from August 1945 to June 1946. It details the British and Chinese authorities’ concerns over the school and how the chaotic situation in India during the final days of the British Raj influenced its evacuation back to China. This article tends to put the story in the broad context of the British withdrawal from India and the Chinese Civil War and to use this case to uncover the links between the two most significant events in the history of modern India and China. In so doing, it puts forward an integrated framework for studying modern Indian and Chinese history.